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zumaRapport writes that a huge civil suit against President Jacob Zuma, three Cabinet members and the national police commissioner is giving renewed impetus to allegations that senior government leaders and secret intelligence agents were involved in the creation of a new trade union.  

The Workers Association Union (WAU) was apparently intended to lure mine workers in the platinum sector away from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in the aftermath of the Marikana massacre in 2012.  The allegations have been made in a R120m high court claim against Zuma, the ministers of state security, police and defence, and the police chief.  The claim by Thebe Maswabi, a former disaffected Amcu member, relates to the financial affairs of WAU.  He claims he formed the WAU on the instructions of Zuma, and received large amounts of cash from intelligence agents to pay for the new union’s offices and staff salaries.  The WAU’s money apparently began to dry up after the union failed to lure significant support away from Amcu.  This meant Maswabi alone was responsible for the mountain of debt that the union owed creditors.

  • Read this report by Pieter-Louis Myburgh in full in Afrikaans at Netwerk24
  • Read this report in English at City Press

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