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Madisha fired as sadtu president

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SADTU says Willie Madisha has been fired as president of the SA Democratic Teachers Union and is forbidden from holding office for the next 10 years.

The NEC decided to accept the recommendations of the disciplinary committee which were to remove the president.

He was found guilty of unprofessional conduct and/or misconduct for talking to the media about an alleged R500,000 donation to SA Communist Party secretary general Blade Nzimande, and for disobeying a Sadtu and
Congress of SA Trade Unions resolution to support Jacob Zuma’s candidacy for ANC president.

The union says he violated the conditions of suspension (in December 2007), by continuing to address union structures and refused to hand over the union’s vehicle, petrol card and cellphone.

His sacking came after the union’s National Executive Committee met yesterday to discuss the recommendations of a disciplinary committee.

The committee recommends that Madisha be dismissed as the president of Sadtu with immediate effect. Madisha, who was elected president in 1996, would not be allowed to hold leadership positions for all structures of Sadtu for 10 years.

Although he could remain a member, he would not be able to represent anybody in the 235,000-member union for 10 years.

He was also ordered to hand over all union assets and vacate the union flat.

Deputy president Thobile Ntola was appointed acting president. Last year businessman Charles Modise asked police to find out what happened to a donation of R500,000 he said he had given to the SACP.