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MASERU – THE Lesotho Association of Teachers (LAT) on Monday suspended its firebrand spokesperson, Ntsibolane Letsatsi, for allegedly breaching the trade union’s code of conduct.
The suspension means Letsatsi has been barred from taking part in any of the LAT’s activities.

Letsatsi, who is also a teacher at Lithabaneng High School, was suspended as an office bearer of the LAT for allegedly breaching the union’s Code of Discipline.
His letter of suspension said he was being suspended for allegedly calling for a meeting on PC FM radio station without first seeking clearance from the national office bearers.
The LAT also accused Letsatsi of making comments to trade union members’ WhatsApp groups which brought the association into disrepute.

The suspension will run from Monday to January 31, 2020 when investigations into his alleged acts of misconduct are expected to be complete.
Letsatsi confirmed to thepost last night that he received the letter of suspension on Tuesday but declined to comment on the matter.
“I will not say I accept or I do not accept the suspension.

That’s why I say I reserve my comment,” Letsatsi said.
“Who would accept something like that?” he quipped.
He said this was just a matter of people in the office who like to cause drama.
“I will not say anything because I do not want to embarrass them,” he said.

Letsatsi has been at the centre of the teachers’ struggle for better pay that saw him being suspended from work in January this year.
He has virtually been the public face of teachers who had been protesting for better pay and improved working conditions.
The trade unionist launched a counter-offensive against the Teachers’ Service Department (TSD) which later reinstated him to his position.
His suspension this week therefore comes as a major surprise given the pivotal role he played in fighting for the rights of teachers in Lesotho.

’Mamakhooa Rapolaki

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