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DenelEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity warned on Friday that its members at State-owned defence industrial group Denel were ready to start protesting at the company.  

This followed the response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to a recent urgent letter to her from Solidarity about “serious allegations of financial mismanagement and misrepresentations” made against the Denel group CEO, group CFO and board chairperson.  The Minister’s reply had been that the union should continue to hold talks with the three officials.  The union reacted in a press statement that Brown had “delivered a blow to the workers at Denel by refusing to view in a serious light the numerous allegations” against the three senior executives.  Solidarity sent a follow-up letter to Minister Brown on Thursday afternoon, rejecting her suggestion as irresponsible and urging her “to amend her vague solutions to the obvious problems at Denel and to use the authority of her office to address these problems.”  According to Solidarity’s deputy general secretary Deon Reyneke, up to 700 Denel employees could lose their jobs as a result of the mismanagement of Denel.

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