Author Mark Barrowcliffe describes obsession as "a way for damaged people to damage themselves more". There probably isn’t a better way to describe the obsession that some have with the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu). It is clear that those who have become obsessed with Sadtu are so damaged that it has eroded even the most basic common sense.

It does not matter whether Sadtu has done something good or bad. The mere continued existence of Sadtu will forever remain their pain. In an editorial in the FM (January 10-16), a call was made for President Cyril Ramaphosa to rein in Sadtu if he wants education to deliver on its desired outcomes. This is a call that has been made many times before by those who harbour a hatred for the rights protected in SA’s Bill of Rights, which include the right to equality, dignity and fair labour practices. The true nature of this call to the president is that these rights must be taken away. That comes as no surprise, given that those making ...

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