Sibongile Mazibuko fired!
MBABANE — SNAT President and SOS High School Deputy Principal Sibongile Mazibuko has been fired by government.
SNAT is the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.
Mazibuko was fired together with two other SNAT Executive members who are Sub Editor Simangele Mmema, Deputy Principal at Kholwane Primary and Organising Secretary Patrick Mamba for allegedly defying two court orders stopping the teachers’ indefinite protest.
Mazibuko was dismissed while on sick leave.
Mazibuko and Mmema were served with the dismissal letters yesterday morning.
The trio joins over 100 teachers who have been expelled following their alleged defiance of two court orders and failure to heed warnings from their employer to abandon the series of indefinite strikes which began in June.
"Following your act of disobeying court orders and of engaging in an illegal and unprotected strike action which started on June 20, 2012 and July 6, 2012, and your failure to heed the clear ultimatum issued by your employer be advised that your employment with the Teaching Service Commission is hereby terminated with effect from July 31, 2012 in terms of Section 88 (6) of the Industrial Relations Act, 2000 as amended," reads the letter dismissing Mazibuko, which is in our possession.
The letter signed by the TSC Executive Secretary Mduduzi Nkambule further directs Mazibuko to hand over all school property and official books either to the principal or Regional Education Officer (REO) or a representative.
In an interview, Mazibuko said her dismissal was not exceptional to the rest of the teachers who have been fired.
Therefore, she said it would be treated like the rest of the sacked teachers at the Industrial Court.
"We hope that government will engage civil servants in dialogue and grant them the 4.5 per cent increment," she said.
Mazibuko said government should come with an offer at the table.
The SNAT President said the dismissal of teachers would not help government.
"This is to the detriment of parents and pupils. To hire new teachers in the middle of the year will surely affect the performance of pupils," she said.
She said their fate would be decided by the Industrial Court.
Asked whether she would continue to hold her position at SNAT, Mazibuko said that would depend on the SNAT membership.
"Teachers would decide if they still want to be led by somebody who has been victimised by government," she said.
‘They should have been given a fair hearing’
MBABANE - CMAC Executive Director, Nathi Gumedze, says workers should be given a fair-hearing before being dismissed.
CMAC is the Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Commission.
Asked to comment on the procedure of firing employees in the light of government dismissing teachers for going ahead with their strike action, he said workers should be given a fair chance to have their side heard before being fired.
"Generally before a worker is fired there should be a disciplinary procedure which states penalties to anyone who fails to adhere to the stipulated rules and regulations," he said.
Gumedze said in the absence of disciplinary procedure there should be postulates of justice.
"The postulates set up an independent person to chair the hearing," he said.
He said the person being disciplined should be allowed to present their side and be given a right to be represented.
"If the employee loses, he can appeal. If the worker is not happy with the outcome of the appeal, they can approach CMAC for conciliation and arbitration," he explained.
Gumedze said when CMAC failed; they issue a certificate of unresolved dispute.
Thereafter the matter could be taken to the Industrial Court.
"However, government has its own internal procedures, the General Orders," Gumedze said.
The CMAC Executive Director said TSC had the conditions of service which regulated the conduct of teachers.
Wonder kutsi this way where is this country going
December 8, 2011, 3:01 am, GoonerPM (email@example.com)
lasha live lemaswati!!!jst let them go bck 2 work nje ngci!hw cn u fire sum1 who z on sick leave?
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, lilwy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
the swaziland goverment once again has blundered by firing workers while exercising their right and that would not solve any problem and this goverment should be prepared for the worse, Teachers should continue to stand on their ground with solidarity
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, Ankel msandy mpembe (email@example.com)
What this so called government is doing, Sibusiso to be precise, is babaric and uncalled for. Now that he has fired the taechers through the TSC, he is calling for the country to come to a stand still in a polite way, cos realy the country will be up in flames in no time.
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, Mzala Kay Cousin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ingabe liyaphi lelive? now the teachers will sue the government for this unfair dismissal and government lose a lot of money just thru negligent decision-making by government.
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, Prince M M
Why is dis happening in dis country? What image is the country showing to the international world. It look like we are heading to the same donga Zimbabwe hit.
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, MV (email@example.com)
We were expecting that, after all, our government does whatever pleases her. Mr Gumede is right, they were not given a chance to present their side. As parents, asimangali - this is what the current premier is best at - causing chaos in the country.
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, thabo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
as a parent, i was still nursing hope hat Govt. was still negotiating with the union, am surprised now that she has decided to fire the teachers. what will happen to our children at school even with new teachers who have no idea how far the fired teachers had gone with children? i still am of the opinion and perception that Swaziland is a peaceful country. Please minister talk to the teachers for our children's sake. parents, please let us pray for the differences between the teachers and their employer that they resolve amicably. some of us will not afford fees for repeat and some children who are sponsored , if they fail, sponsorship might be withdrawn and that 'll be a staggering loss as some of them do not even have parents for just moral support. please Govt. reverse the sackings and negotiate again please. what more can be said now? please.
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, mrs lungile buyisile mabuza (email@example.com)
good riddance,bravo TSC!!
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, skhatsele mbambo (firstname.lastname@example.org)