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satawu thumb medium90 101The New Age reports that in the space of some two months, the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has fired two senior officials for being “illegal immigrants”.  

The latest casualty is Gauteng provincial secretary Gift Ndwandwe.  He was deported by the Department of Home Affairs this week and his employment was terminated on Tuesday.  In November last year, the central executive committee (CEC) fired Zenzo Mahlangu, who had been the general secretary, after he was refused entry into SA for five years.  Mahlangu was deported by the immigration police in May last year.  Regarding Ndwandwe situation, Satawu’s Jack Mazibuko explained:  “Last October, Satawu received a letter from the Department of Home Affairs instructing the union to terminate Ndwandwe’s employment because he was found to have fraudulently obtained his South African Identity Document.  The department said Ndwandwe was a Zimbabwean citizen who was in the country illegally and as such his employment was to be terminated.”  Satawu decided to await the finalisation of an appeal process before taking any action.  On becoming aware that Ndwandwe’s appeal had been unsuccessful, a CEC task team took the final decision to relieve him of his duties with immediate effect.  Mazibuko insisted that the union had not known that the former officials were illegal immigrants.

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