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Leader of teachers’ union missing in Zimbabwe

Issue No. 2109

Harassment of trade unionists in Zimbabwe has continued since the election.

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has been particularly targeted in recent months. Union research reveals that nearly 5,000 teachers have been assaulted, with 600 hospitalised as a result of beatings. The homes of at least 230 teachers have been razed.

The general secretary of the PTUZ, Raymond Majongwe, who has twice suffered beatings and electric shock torture, was reported missing on Wednesday of last week after a group of men raided his Harare home.

A union official said: 'We do not think they found him, but we do not know what has happened to him.'

Education International – the international federation of teachers unions, supported by the NUT in Britain – has called for action in support of the union.

For details go to the Education International site »

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Thu 10 Jul 2008, 12:58 BST
Issue No. 2109
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