The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has given the KwaZulu-Natal government seven days to respond to its demands.
Sadtu members, staged a protest outside Premier Sihle Zikalala’s Pietermaritzburg offices on Tuesday to highlight the challenges over unfilled vacancies and some unpaid salaries.
Nomarashiya Caluza, the Sadtu provincial secretary, said teachers who could not be at work due to Covid-19 and other reasons were also not being replaced.
“The Department of education has terminated the contracts of substitute teachers and where substitute teachers had been retained, they are not paid,” said Caluza.
Premier Sihle Zikalala accepted the memorandum from the KZN teachers.
“We will be engaging through MEC Dube-Ncube and MEC Mshengu with national Treasury on issues you have raised.
” We are going to take up those issues, but equally through provincial, we will sit and look at what we can do to address issues that you have raised.”