DA OPENS CASE AGAINST SADTU MEMBER: DAILY DISPATCH

THE Eastern Cape Democratic Alliance (DA) has opened a case of attempted murder and reckless driving against the Sadtu Hewu branch chairwoman who tried to run over the party’s leaders last week including parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Port Elizabeth police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans confirmed a case of reckless driving and attempted murder had been opened by the party.

The DA’S shadow MEC for education in the province, Edmund van Vuuren, who opened the case at Humewood police station yesterday, said the actions by the Sadtu chairwoman, Honjiswa Mrwebi, were a concern but the focus should remain on the plight of pupils.

“Now that charges have been laid, the focus must be put back on the real issue. Every morning thousands of Eastern Cape children are walking distances of up to 20km to get to school.

“Sadtu’s reaction to Mazi solidarity walk is a symptom of the union’s aggressive attitude to people with genuine concerns about the impact routine difficulties like transport and strikes have on learners. The union should not be allowed to act as the security police for the shortcomings of the education system,” said Van Vuuren.

The incident occurred on Friday at Embekweni Village in Whittlesea near Queenstown where DA members were walking with pupils to highlight their plight of having to travel long distances to school.

Mrwebi later admitted she was targeting the DA members, as she drove her vehicle through the crowd, for disrupting schooling at Zwelendinga High School. — lindiles@dispatch.