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Union official arrested for drunk driving

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A high-ranking Sadtu official was arrested while travelling in a branded vehicle after hours.

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A HIGH-RANKING official employed at the regional office of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) was arrested in Warrenton on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, where he was caught travelling in a branded vehicle after hours.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi said a 20-year-old man was arrested on Saturday, April 6 on the N18 road between Warrenton and Jan Kempdorp on a charge of drinking and driving.

“The suspect was released on a warning to appear in court. Police investigations continue,” said Mooi.

Sadtu provincial secretary Fikile Ntathu said yesterday that as members were expected to work after hours, they were permitted to drive cars belonging to the union.

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with members driving a branded vehicle of the union while working long after what is construed to be working hours. We try to limit disruptions to teaching and learning. It is only logical that union officials/site stewards visit members after hours,” said Ntathu.

He added that all members were required to abide by a code of conduct. “All leaders and members must be disciplined at all times. The union will investigate all union members who are alleged to be in the wrong. Should our investigations lead to a disciplinary process, the union will not hesitate to bring the comrade in question to book.”

Ntathu indicated that based on the findings of the investigations, a decision will be made regarding the suspension of the member, if there is any evidence of wrongdoing. – Sandi Kwon Hoo