They want management to reply to their demands in “seven working days”.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga wants the Mshiniwami Artisan Academy to issue certificates to students and not only give them the statements of the results.
The party marched to the controversial Secunda artisan school and handed over a memorandum of demands to CEO Henry Meirings.
In their memorandum, the party said the school presided over “the most systematic disregard of our people’s constitutional rights and dignity” since it began 4 years ago.
“As we gather here today, all focus and attention is on you Mshiniwami Artisan Academy and it’s not by sheer coincidence,” the memorandum reads.
They demand that:
- students who passed levels be given their accredited certificates by the end of October 2018.
- the process of selecting students must be “transparent” to everyone, and that MRTT training vacancies should be advertised.
- the academy’s principal who allegedly accept bribes from students who want to study there, to be “discharged with immediate effect”.
- the stipends given to students “be fixed and all the deductions that have been made since the day of signing contracts be paid back to students with immediate effect”.
“We hope that our request will reach your consciousness, based on the working condition of our community. We give Mshiniwami Artisan Academy notice of seven working days to respond to our memorandum.” the EFF said.
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(edited by MLM)
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