Teachers’ Union leaders have reportedly received death threats from anonymous people as they push for a nationwide strike against poor working conditions.
In an interview with Newsday PTUZ president, Takavafira Zhou revealed that teachers have nothing to fear. He said:
The merchants of violence have resorted to threats directed against PTUZ leadership, with threats that they can burn us in our homes at night. Most of the threats are directed at secretary-general, Raymond Majongwe, with some such claiming to be untouchables. Our message is very clear, that we do not eat threats. We have nothing to fear except fear itself.
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Raymond Majongwe, president of the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe had this to say:
Necessary measures have been taken to report the cases against the rogue elements, some of whom claim to be connected to a Chegutu notorious politician.
Let it be known that you don’t shoot at the messenger, but at the message. Our message is clear that teachers are starving. Anyone who doubts this must visit a teacher’s house and his/her children. No amount of threats and vilification will stop PTUZ leaders from amplifying the legitimate labour demands by teachers.
Teachers have resolved to break ranks with the rest of the civil service. While other government workers have developed cold feet over embarking on industrial action, teachers have decided to go on strike starting next week.