Satawu president's home petrol bombed

2015-04-14 11:15

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Johannesburg – South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) president June Dube's home in Vosloorus was petrol bombed in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the union said.

"The president's home has indeed been petrol bombed but he says he is at home and has opened a case with the police," Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga told News24.

"His sitting room has been damaged."

Gauteng police said they were not aware of the incident.

'Ambushed'

The incident happened less than 24 hours after Satawu Gauteng secretary Chris Nkosi was shot and killed on the N17 on Johannesburg's east rand on Monday night.

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 Congress of SA Trade Unions expressed shock at the attack on the two Satawu leaders.

The trade union federation has been trying to help Satawu deal with ongoing internal battles, at a time when Cosatu is also dealing with its own issues of infighting.

Internal battles

Satawu supports Sidumo Dlamini in the internal battles of the trade union federation that recently expelled its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

"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..."

The bombing of Dube's house was not the first incident of its kind. Dlamini said the same thing had happened before to a Satawu leader in the Western Cape.

He appealed for calm and peace between to Satawu members and leaders and said Cosatu would be meeting with the union soon.

"We continue to appeal to all of them for calm... we are making great progress... so everyone must give that a chance."

Read more on:    cosatu  |  satawu  |  sidumo dlamini  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  johannesburg  |  labour

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