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SAMWU Welcomes Labour Court Judgement on Leadership

  • Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:16
14 December 2016

The South Africa Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) notes and welcomes the Labour Court judgement as delivered on the 14th December by Judge Snyman in Johannesburg. The City of Johannesburg had instituted legal proceedings against SAMWU seeking a declaratory order on who are the legitimate leaders of the union, this despite numerous letters to municipalities and entities indication that there are no parallel structures in the union.

Judge Snyman ruled that there is no reason to doubt the validity of the national leadership being; Pule Molalenyane as President, John Dlamini as 1st Deputy President, Portia Lindi as the National Treasurer, Simon Mathe as the General Secretary and Moses Miya as the Deputy General Secretary. The Greater Johannesburg Regional leadership was also found to have been properly elected in their September REC.

Judge Snyman also highlighted that is was as a result of people’s personal ambitions that we found ourself to be in the situation which we are in. According to the judgement, the bogus CEC of 14 March is irregular and invalid as constitutional provisions of the union were not followed, in particular clause 9.1 and 9.2 and as such all decision taken there are null and void.

In delivering the judgement, Judge Snyman correctly ruled that the employer, in this case the City of Johannesburg cannot involve itself to the internal affairs of the union as it is not even party to SAMWU constitution. We are vindicated by this judgement as it confirms the union’s leadership in all structures this also affirms what we have been saying all along that there is one SAMWU and that there is no dispute regarding leadership of the union.

We will also be forwarding the judgement to all municipalities in particular those who had deliberately taken sides on this issue in an attempt to destabilize the union by withholding membership subscriptions.

SAMWU national office bearers are committed to ensuring that the union is stabilized. It is for this reason that we will also be challenging attempts to liquidate the union by a certain law firm based in Pretoria after we had subjected their monitory claims for an audit.

As end the year on a high note, we will come back revived and rejuvenated and will channel all our energies towards the servicing of our members who remain the pillar of this union.

Issued by SAMWU Head Office

Simon Mathe

General Secretary

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Papikie Mohale

National Media Officer

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