SADTU to challenge English medium in schools

SABC News reports that the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union wants to challenge English being the medium of instruction in South African schools. It also wants changes to the way schools are run in the country and the curriculum. The union says it wants African languages to receive the same treatment as English.

SADTU General-Secretary Mugwena Maluleke was speaking at the union’s three-day conference in Kempton Park east of Johannesburg.“When you play you cannot speak SeTswana, you must always speak English when you play in the grounds because this is a model C school. You cannot speak in Shona, TshiVhenda,”says Maluleke. He asks: “Is it right for those children not to speak their own language because they’ve got to learn the English language? So when they play is it right that they play in English and dream and think in English because that is what is demanded of them?”

by Thabile Mbhele


Tshwane bus services suspended

eNCA reports that bus services remain suspended in Pretoria on Tuesday morning. City of Tshwane authorities are hopeful services will resume on Tuesday afternoon as they’ve been locked in wage negotiations with the workers. Commuters are being urged to make use of alternative transport for now. The city says the decision to suspend services was made […]

SAPS to march against gender-based violence

eNCA reports that the men of the South African Police Service are mobilising in Pretoria to march against gender-based violence as well as violence against children and other vulnerable groups. The march will be led by Police Minister Bheki Cele and is aimed at raising awareness and also urging society to get more involved in reporting gender-based […]