The Progressive Teachers’ Union president Takavafira Zhou confirmed the incident, saying: “I went to see for myself after teachers came to our provincial office in Masvingo crying for help. The situation is extremely terrible. Teachers are living in fear. They have no option besides buying Zanu (PF) cards for their safety. War veterans are moving all over the district and teachers are jostling to get the cards.”
“We shall not rest while our members continue to be victimised,” he added. “We shall confront the minister responsible as soon as possible.”
Education Sports and Culture Minister David Coltart is on record saying schools should not be used as political battle fields.
Jabulani Sibanda told RadioVOP when contacted for comment: “I have no time for journalists right now. If you want arrange a day so that I will give you a press conference rather than calling me when I am busy doing my work.