Schools to open but…

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

SCHOOLS will open in Jan­uary as ex­pected but les­sons might be dis­turbed.

This is be­cause the Swazi­land Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Teach­ers (SNAT) will be go­ing to the Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion Com­mis­sion (CMAC) to seek for a cer­tifi­cate of un­re­solved dis­pute after reach­ing a dead­lock with gov­ern­ment on the Cost of Liv­ing Ad­just­ment (CoLA) yes­ter­day.

SNAT Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Sikelela Dlamini said they would mo­bilise the teach­ers and were look­ing to stage a mass protest on Jan­uary 28.

“Now that gov­ern­ment has of­fered yet an­other 0.0 per cent CoLA, we are go­ing to take the dead­lock to CMAC and we would mo­bilise the teach­ers so that we stage a pro­posed mass protest on Jan­uary 28,” he said.

Proved Dlamini said sign­ing of the dead­lock was long over­due as it gov­ern­ment’s fis­cal po­si­tion proved that they had no money in their cof­fers but the me­dia was in­vited so that it ap­pears as though the dead­lock was reached after mu­tual agree­ment be­tween the two par­ties.

SNAT en­gaged in a protest back in Au­gust which saw the as­so­ci­a­tion’s mem­bers clash with the po­lice, re­sult­ing in a gun-wield­ing se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer Raphael ‘Sikheshekheshe’ Maseko based at the Manzini Po­lice Sta­tion floored by an ag­gres­sive teacher dur­ing a vi­o­lent clash while an am­bu­lance had to rush one of the teach­ers, Wil­lie ‘Maw­illies’ Dlamini to the near­est hospi­tal after he had re­ceived a pierc­ing gun­shot wound on his left arm.

The bloody clash was over gov­ern­ment’s of­fer of zero per cent cost of liv­ing ad­just­ment (CoLA) of­fer.

DEAD­LOCK: Mad­lopha and some of the ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers leave at the end of the meet­ing.

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