Parents turn to Ludzidzini for explanation
LOBAMBA – Manzini Central High school parents have asked the high powered Ludzidzini Committee to explain if Cabinet or any other structure had powers to challenge or undo anything that was declared by His Majesty the King.
The approximately 20 parents yesterday went to Ludzidzini Royal Residence to appeal the decision to kick out teachers who were sacked by the Teaching Service Commission and the continued closure of the school.
The parents were granted the privileged audience with the Committee led by acting Governor Timothy Velabo Mtetwa.
Members of the committee present included former Justice Minister Prince David and Reverend Absalom Dlamini, the former Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Chief Mbandzamane Sifundza and others.
One of the parents, Timothy Tsabedze, said the mandate they were carrying was from a parents’ meeting, which was held at the Prince Mfanyana Hall earlier in the day.
ã€€"Parents are worried about people who are defying the King’s order.
"This is why today we are coming here to appeal (kwembula ingubo) to the King for the second time. In the first instance it was the people who appealed to the King on our behalf during the Sibaya," Tsabedze said.
Kheyi Tfwala also asked the committee to help in the removal of anyone who would elevate himself to the status of king.
Reverend Dlamini asked the parents if it was only their school that was affected, but they said there were other schools too.
"We gathered that other schools such as Ngwane Practising, Kholwane Primary and Nkhaba High suffered a similar plight," responded Tsabedze.
Governor Mtetwa said it was worrying that the parents did not come to report to the king during the days of the strike.ã€€ã€€
"Pupils were not learning for a long time, but none came to the Ingwenyama. He would have loved to get reports from you parents on how things were going in the schools. Even during the Sibaya dialogue parents were not so vocal but other people spoke on your behalf."
He said it was unfortunate that the Ingwenyama was out of the country but promised that the parents’ concerns would be raised with him upon his return.
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The Committee chaired by acting Governor Timothy Velabo Mtetwa said it was now confused with the continued defiance of the Ingwenyama’s order to end the teachers’ strike. "This Committee is still baffled at what is going on. After the dust has settled down we will also seek answers on this," Mtetwa said, when addressing parents of Manzini Central High School who had come to appeal the dismissal of teachers at the school.
"The King said everything must stop and that children must return to school. But what is happening now makes one wonder how the king was being interpreted," he said.
Reverend Absalom Dlamini also said he was equally confused because in any situation when a king is defied, his dignity is eroded. "I pray that the King may not find things still this way by the time he returns to the country. We all need to pray that something may be done to correct things soon," Rev. Dlamini said.
- What is the meaning of this defiance and disregard for His Majesty's ORDER? Who arrogated this power to the 'tinhlongandlebe', that helps them to continue to defy even Her Majesty's views about the education of the young Swazi pupils? Lafa elihle kakhulu! We have said this current government has overstayed their visit and something MUST be done, otherwise the human capital will suffer. We know many members of this cabinet send their students to SADC countries to learn and study in the many institutions of esteemed standards. What about the poor? What about the lowely paid teachers? This ACT, by PM Sibusiso and his colleague is unSwazi and foreign in the Swazi culture and hence had to be nibbed on the bud before it spread. We pity the plight of those unable and being made disable by this sturbon Cabinet. This is abuse of AUTHORITY that their Majesties had temporaily passed to them to develop Swazis and not to abuse them. The Police too are abused here! But we sincerely hope that the wisdom of the elders of the country shall prevail and the teachers must continue to dig and till in order to feed the education hungry youth of that country. Our prayers are for their Majesties, teachers leadership, the parents and their children! I doubt if I will be travelling around the world and working in President's Zuma's government at the Level I am serving my country if it were not for the Primary teachers who at that time were paid R 380,00 with no hope of ever owning a car let alone a beautiful home with expensive furniture. Kuyoze kulunge!
August17,2012,12:34pm,DouglasThembaSobethu KaMageba KaMalandela (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- this is reminiscent to what happened recent at parliament whereby there was a debate of who is superior than who?prime minister,speaker and company. Swazi's must work up .the enemy is showing itself to everyone now or two systems of government are now at loggerheads.i thought Tinkhundla was our powerful system but the one that is being practiced by the current gvnmt seems powerful. they are defying the very same King who appointed them.no wonder they,v enriched themselves.they are shifting focus on circular1 khona batocoshwa bahambe nalama benefits labatinika wona.
August 17, 2012, 12:35 pm, collen nyawo (email@example.com)
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