Samwu elects new leaders after motion of no confidence

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members during a march. Picture: Gallo Images

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members during a march. Picture: Gallo Images

The new leadership is also tasked with ensuring that they immediately deal with the union’s finances.

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) elected new leadership at its ordinary central executive committee (CEC) meeting in Bloemfontein, the union said on Friday.

Spokesperson Papikie Mohale said the CEC meeting was held from April 3 to 4 and was properly constituted with representatives from all the nine provinces.

“The CEC was of the view that the union is not on a path which is in the interest of municipal workers, particularly the failure by the union to convene constitutional meetings for two years, coupled with the failure by the former NOBs [National office Bearers] to take them into confidence on decisions which have been taken on behalf of the union.”

He said delegates tabled and passed a motion of no confidence in the union’s national office bearers.

The central executive committee, which is the highest decision-making body between conferences, elected a new national leadership.

John Dlamini was elected the president, Nelson Mokgotho as the first deputy president, Pricilla Ntsuba as the second deputy president, Koena Ramotlou as the general secretary, Dumisani Magagula as the deputy general secretary, while Zukiswa Vezi was elected the treasurer general.

They are expected to lead the union to the national congress in 2020.

They were further tasked with bringing stability and normality to the union.

The new leadership would be convening a meeting with  Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) to introduce the elected leaders and brief them on the outcomes of CEC meeting.

“We will also be using this meeting as an opportunity to confirm our affiliation to Cosatu and our commitment to ensure that the union continues to be in good standing within the federation.”

The new leadership was also tasked with ensuring that they immediately deal with the union’s finances, ensuring that provincial allocations are paid on time to enable provinces to service members.

– African News Agency

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