Teachers are people who read a lot, and I know that they know the repercussions of going on an illegal strike. We need to ask ourselves a questions that ‘what would drive a man to an extent of taking part in an illegal strike?’
We all know that teachers have been the most understanding of the public workers, and this has turned out to be their weakness. The fact that the negotiations that should have been concluded on 31 October have been shifted to the end of November means that there was nothing taking place all along and Nantu [Namibia Naitonal Teachers Union] knew about this.
You can fool some people some times! The beast has come out in the open! Who is fooling who? Nantu leadership has a choice, either to join the teachers or remain a leadership unto itself, for the writing is on the Berlin Wall. What is the union negotiating with GRN [Government of the Republic of Namibia], which the teachers should not know? The union has shot itself in the foot.
The question that begs for answers is, with these mortal wounds, how far will the union continue to walk? The tables have now turned; the union listens more to those in the leadership than it listens to those who pay their salaries.
Teachers should continue with what they have started or they are doomed. They have just crossed the middle of the river and if they are tired they should just swim across as going back will be a fatal mistake.
Long live the Namibian teachers!