The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has condemned in the strongest possible terms the use of violence as a way of resolving disputes of any nature be it at the workplace, on the streets or at home. FEDUSA's concerns come in the wake of the ambush and brutal shooting of the National Teachers’ Union (NATU) Deputy President, Mr. Allen Thompson in Umhlanga, north of Durban on Friday, said FEDUSA General Secretary, Dennis George.
Irrespective of whether Mr Thompson had sworn enemies or whether the callous attack arose due to NATU’s continued insistence for the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) Education Department to be placed under the supervision of the National Department of Education due to various cases of corruption being exposed, no civilized society should embrace violence as a way of settling differences. Rigorous punitive measures must be imposed to ensure that the increasing levels of volatility and instability that beclouds the province is minimised and eradicated, insisted George.
Workers in our country can I'll afford to lose leaders of Thompson's calibre nor have union members and leaders that remain steadfast in taking principled positions on critical worker issues, silenced or eliminated, for whistle blowing. Educators remain a critical component in moving South Africa forward. With these increased levels of attacks on our educators, the National Development Plan’s (NDP) vision 2030, of a South Africa that will be enriched by universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, further education and training that allows them to fulfil their potential and expanding higher education that accelerates the shift to a knowledge economy, remains a far cry from reality. George, who has been in constant touch with NATU President Siphosethu Ngcobo, has appealed to the nation to pray for Thompson as he fights for his life in Hospital. Justice must be served and these faceless cowards, severely punished.
FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry. See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.
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