Alliance partners, unions condemn Satawu killing

2015-04-14 16:44


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Johannesburg - Cosatu, union affiliates, the ANC and the SACP in Gauteng on Tuesday condemned the killing of South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) provincial secretary Chris Nkosi.

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

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.

The house of Satawu president June Dube had also been petrol bombed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. No one was hurt.

Cosatu expressed shock at the news of Nkosi's death.

"We cannot afford to lose any of our leaders or to have their houses bombed at a time when we are preparing for an open war against capital," Cosatu's deputy general secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali, said.

"We have lost a talented leader at a time when our unions were preparing to engage in wage negotiations."

He said Cosatu would hold an urgent meeting with Satawu's national office bearers in a bid to get to the root cause of the attacks.

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.

Both Ntshalintshali and Dlamini called for calm and unity at this time.

The ANC in Gauteng condemned the attack and called on anyone with information to come forward.

"Anyone found to have been responsible must be arrested and charged for justice to take its course," ANC provincial secretary Hope Papo said.

"Criminality should never be tolerated, regardless of who the perpetrators or the victims are."

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union expressed disgust at Nkosi's murder.

"We are also appalled at the news of petrol bombing of the home of Satawu president June Dube last night," the union said.

"We strongly condemn these acts and call upon the police to leave no stone unturned in identifying the culprits behind these acts." 

SA Communist Party Gauteng secretary Jacob Mamabolo said: "Political assassinations are the work of evil, authoritarian and fascist individuals."

The party in the province called for unity in Satawu and urged all members to denounce violence.

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