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POLL | Was MEC's adviser right to apologise for 'magwinya and archaar eating' Sadtu teachers comment?

POLL | Was MEC's adviser right to apologise for 'magwinya and archaar eating' Sadtu teachers comment?

Tshediso Mangope's apology for allegedly criticisingmembers of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has sparked debate across the country.

Mangope, who is an adviser to the Free Stateco-operativegovernance and traditional affairs MEC, had social media in a mess this week when he posted a picture of his son with ateacher at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

In the caption he wrote “No magwinya and archaar eating Sadtu person will teach my children.”

He also posted a photo of two women he referred to as Sadtu teachersin a swimming pool.

Sadtuslammed Mangope’s “derogatory” post, leading to him issuing an apology.

“I am extremely apologetic to everybody, not just educators in the country, but to the many young men and women produced by the same teachers. I am a product of public schooling myself," he told Free State Central News.

He said the post was meant to be a joke.

“There’s beenbanter between myself and my Sadtu friends. This post was made pursuant to the joke.

“It was meant to be a joke, but people decided to make a meal out of it. I regret having posted it,” Mangope said.