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samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that a faction of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has distanced itself from members who held a Joburg council executive hostage on Wednesday.  

A Samwu statement said the incident was sparked after city officials encouraged union members to withhold their subscriptions until a court had ruled on who the rightful Samwu leadership was.  The statement, bearing the names of Samwu’s Esther Mtatyana‚ Lindiwe Mazibuko and Phaneul Chikovha, indicated:  "Yesterday afternoon‚ a group of criminal elements purporting to be representatives of Samwu members in Joburg held hostage (an executive) of GED Corporate Services demanding payment of members’ subscriptions to their bank account.”  It went on to claim that the faction was “imposed by the faction of Pule Molalenyane to be regional leaders in Joburg without following Samwu constitution hence the court case.”  It was reported last month that the council had been dealing with two Samwu factions on labour matters.

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