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COSATU Today  |  COSATU Press Statements

The death of four blind heroes

1 December 2010

The Congress of South African Trade Unions and its affiliates in the North West condemn the deliberate death of four blind learners who were locked into their room by the negligence of the Department of Education. The four learners at Christiana Blind School were locked in their room to death when the hostel court fire on Monday morning, 29th November 2010.

COSATU calls on the MEC of Education in the province to make sure that the real culprits are arrested.

COSATU needs an explanation of why, when there is a matter of non-compliance at the work place, the first attack or action are against our members. In this case the principal(SADTU member) of the school is facing suspension for the mess that was created by the department.

The matter of the Christina Blind School has been in the public media since 2009 and in 2010, challenging the safety conditions those learners are living with.

COSATU is calling on the MEC of Education to do a thorough investigation before he can take action against our members.

COSATU demands that the police speed-up their investigation into the cruel death of our poor learners who are killed deliberately by unknown person like those who killed late Moss Phakoe.

COSATU demands that the Department of Education take responsibility for the cost of all the four funerals, which will take place this week and that COSATU and SADTU will work with the families to take action against government.

COSATU expresses the deepest condolence to the families who lost their children.

COSATU in the province reaffirms the SADTU press statement released on 29 November 2010 and confirms that SADTU has a mandate is from its members and it will account to them, not to anyone else.

Let the souls of the four learners rest in peace.

For more information feel free to call COSATU North West Provincial Secretary on 082 304 4055