THE current impasse between the Department of Basic Education and Sadtu over the intention of the education authorities to implement biometry to ensure proper teacher attendance at schools refers.
This face-off with threats by the union to totally derail "teaching and learning" is indicative of the truism that the consequence of dining with the devil inevitably results in your own poisoning.
The alliance between the government and this self-seeking union has finally come back to bite the nation.
The union opposes its members being monitored for absenteeism because it would "put their members under pressure".
Ag shame. The ANC rules with almost two-thirds of the vote, thus representing about 35 million people.
Sadtu boasts 240000 members, which is much less than 1% of the voting majority.
The remaining 99% of the voters expect a decent disciplined education system for their children yet the union feels comfortable to threaten this state, which for 20 years has consistently buckled under similar threats.
This is democracy gone mad.
It's time to support Lindiwe Sisulu to face down the union and test the electorate's response – we might all be pleasantly surprised!
L Steinhardt, Grahamstown