Murder of unionist reflects internal problems in Cosatu - Numsa

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Johannesburg - The murder of Satawu Gauteng secretary Chris Nkosi is an indication of the internal problems affecting Cosatu and its affiliates, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Tuesday.

"We are very worried and concerned that these violent and cowardly acts are happening at the backdrop of the ongoing implosion of Cosatu and the many internal problems affecting virtually all unions today," spokesperson Castro Ngobese said in a statement.

"We call for all leaders of the trade union movement to rise to the occasion, call for unity of the entire working class and provide leadership during this painful period."

However, he said it was a time for cool heads and any speculation on the motives behind the killing and the throwing of a petrol bomb at Satawu president June Dube's house, would be reckless and irresponsible.

Nkosi was shot and killed on the N17 on Johannesburg's East Rand on Monday night.

South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson Vincent Masoga on Monday night said Nkosi had been "ambushed" on the highway and shot five times.

The union was not ruling out the possibility that this was a hit, he said.

"Several other leaders... from other provinces, have been threatened. That is why the union had invested in bodyguards," Masoga said.

Dube's house in Vosloorus was petrol bombed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. No one was hurt.

Earlier on Tuesday, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said the trade union federation had been helping Satawu to deal with internal battles.

"At the moment, because these are both criminal acts, we don't know who is behind this and what are the reasons behind it," Dlamini told News24.

"But it happened at a time when the union is indeed dealing with issues of internal difference and tension..."

There has been a split in Satawu, which has seen an internal battle reportedly raging between general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu, his deputy Nicholus Maziya and Dube.

Numsa sent its condolences to the Nkosi family on behalf of all its members.

"We demand that the law enforcement agencies must work swiftly and bring the perpetrators to book, in order for justice to be done, and to prevent the escalation of such absolutely unnecessary violence, should indeed this violence be perpetrated by anyone within the working class," he said.

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