SCU staff to march to ministry tomorrow
Swaziland Christian University (SCU) staff members have threatened to march to the ministry of education and training tomorrow to deliver a petition where they are demanding that the ministry attends to their grievances.
SCU Staff Chairman Phila Dlamini said they would march from the Coronation Park to the ministry. He said they were still optimistic that the Municipality of Mbabane would give them a go ahead before tomorrow.
“The City Council called late yesterday (Saturday) before close of business inquiring about when we want to start the march. I told them that 10am can suit us,” Dlamini said. He said he was not sure whether that Sikhondze went on to state thatfailure to pay the salaries they will then take the matter to court to seek an order compelling the institution to pay.
He said for now the only issue on the letter of demand was that of payment of salaries. call from the municipality was giving them a go ahead or not but he was for the thought that if allowed to march they would be given written permission with rules guarding the march.
He said they are going to deliver a petition mainly about the injustice happening to them and the students. He said the situation was now at a very critical point whereby most of the staff is surviving from donations from good Samaritans.
“This is purely caused by the terrible decision taken by the ministry to close the institution without considering the aftermath. No one is now willing to pay our salaries. We want the ministry of education and training to act immediately on this
He said they gave the institution a week to reply but up to yesterday evening the institution had still not replied. “We are going to the court since the management hasn’t replied the letter,” he stated.
He went on to add that government was deeply involved in this matter as issue. We want our salaries,” Dlamini said.
He went on to note that it was going to be fair if there were ongoing talks between the ministry and SCU management on the salaries.
He mentioned that they were expecting students to march with them as they demand that the institution must be re-opened.“
All this injustice happening to us is being caused by the ministry and it should address it,” Dlamini concluded.
The management of SCU through the Executive Director, SiphoVilakati said had no comment on the issue.
Vilakati declined to even mention if the institution had received the letter of demand. in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOE) it promised to pay money while the institution was to build the structure.
He said even though government has no contract with the workers due to the agreements signed with the institution, it is involved in the issue.