Tuesday, March 28, 2017

COSATU Mourns the Death of Ahmed Kathrada
28 March 2017

The Congress of South African Trade Unions joins millions of people in South Africa to mourn the death of the ANC struggle stalwart Cde Ahmed Kathrada , who passed away in earlier this morning. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, the ANC and his friends. This struggle icon will be sorely missed and greatly remembered for his dedication and sacrifices to the fight against apartheid and for social justice.

He was a humble and dedicated activist , who as one of the founding fathers of the post-apartheid South Africa ,was prepared to pay the ultimate price to dismantle the evil system of apartheid. We will remember him as a moral voice that consistently spoke out against corruption and social injustice.

He departs at a very difficult time for his beloved organisation the ANC that is in dire need of his brand of leadership that was characterised by selflessness and integrity.

Cde Ahmed Kathrada’s death represents the end of an era for the oldest liberation movement that reached a milestone of its105th birthday earlier this year. The young and emerging leadership of the movement needs to turn a new chapter in our liberation struggle towards a second more radical phase of our transition. They can learn a lot from the generation of Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela that joined the struggle without expecting any material benefits or compensation.

He represented the best values of the movement and we owe it to him and others like him to preserve and defend the movement ,and emulate their exemplary and principled leadership. The best way to honour and preserve their legacy will be to work to end factionalism and corruption that is threatening to destroy our glorious movement.

Issued by COSATU

Sizwe Pamla (National Spokesperson)
Congress of South African Trade Unions
110 Jorissen Cnr Simmonds Street

P.O.Box 1019
South Africa

Tel: +27 11 339-4911 Direct 010 219-1339
Mobile: 060 975 6794
E-Mail: sizwe@cosatu.org.za

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NEHAWU Limpopo media statement on the ongoing strike in Government Departments

28 March 2017

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union [NEHAWU] calls on the government of Limpopo led by Premier Chupu Mathabathe to intervene and resolve the longstanding stalemate around the payment of the 2nd and 3rd notch progressions owed to workers since 2012.

Nehawu has been engaging with government on this matter since August 2016 and at one point government agreed to pay but a month later changed their minds. Nehawu further marched and engaged in lunch hour picketing since then up until now without any success.

It is also very much unfair that only four departments have been paid these performance incentives correctly while with the rest of government departments wants to pay only a fraction of those workers who qualify. We have warned that this is a recipe for a confrontation in the workplace.

We also condemn the apartheid tactics employed by the employer to try to intimidate and beat workers into submission by utilizing the courts with a spate of court interdict against the union, its leaders and workers in general. The unleashing of security forces on workers continues to fail dismally to intimidate workers but only work to mobilize them more and more just like it failed during the apartheid era.

Lately the employer is also engaged in a attempt to sow division amongst trade union movement in the province in order to isolate Nehawu. However Nehawu remains resolute that our grievance is genuine and no amount of isolation will deter us from championing the interest of workers in this regard.

We still implore on the employer to meet the union and resolve the demands of workers and stop engaging through courts and ultimatums while ignoring the real issues on the table. It is about time that leadership in government must prevail and resolve the impasse.

Nehawu will continue to mobilize all its members to continue to join the growing picket lines in different departments. We also further appreciate the participation of our members in the department of social development national strike throughout the province. Our members will continue to intensify the strike and maintain the total shutdown in all social development offices in the province in pursuance of our demands.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat Office

For further information, please contact:
Jacob Adams @ 082 558 5966 or
Calvin Tshamano @ 081 558 1988 or
email: khaya@nehawu.org.za

Visit NEHAWU website: www.nehawu.org.za

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POPCRU mourns the death of Isithwalandwe Ahmed Kathrada

28 March 2017

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) mourns the passing away of Isithwlandwe Ahmed Kathrada.

We can best honour this revolutionary through our continued commitment to fight the curse of racism, unemployment, inequality and poverty.

Hamba kahle Uncle Kathy.

Issued by POPCRU

For more information contact:

Richard Mamabolo
Address: 01 Marie Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2092
Tel: 0112424600/4615 Fax: 0866253054
Cell: 0720737959
Email: normanm@popcru.org.za

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