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MK PartyNews24 reports that the Labour Registrar at the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has dealt a blow to the organisers of a formation that affiliates itself with former President Jacob Zuma's MK Party (MKP) by rejecting its application to be recognised as a labour organisation in the education sector.

The Teachers and Education Workers Union of SA (Tewusa) fashions itself as a competitor and disruptor to Sadtu. MKP spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhlela did not respond to a question about the union's link to the party. DEL spokesperson Petunia Lessing confirmed that an application for the registration of Tewusa was received by the Registrar's office on 11 April 2024. It was rejected for registration on 20 May 2024. Lessing said: “The application for registration failed to meet the requirements of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).” Despite this, the union is apparently still contacting and convincing unemployed teachers to fill in membership forms. An email and phone calls to numbers listed for Tewusa went unanswered. Earlier this year, Tewusa had organisers in several districts in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, screenshots of WhatsApp conversations in the union's group indicate. The Tewusa WhatsApp group is still active, with teachers sharing vacancies and MKP-related commentary, news and, quite often, voice notes circulating fake news about adversary political characters. Meanwhile, Sadtu spokesperson Nomusa Cembi said MKP politicians and aspiring trade unionists had been using her union's name to garner recognition.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Soyiso Maliti at News24

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