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vavi1Mail & Guardian writes that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) faces its first test against corruption within its ranks as it prepares to deal with one of its most popular leaders accused of illegally using R600,000 of workers’ money in two years.  

The general secretary of the newly formed SA Liberated Public Sector Workers Union (Salipswu), Thobile Ntola, is being investigated by Saftu for corruption, and now faces a rebellion in the union’s ranks in Mpumalanga, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.  The investigation was initiated after Salipswu provincial officials demanded an explanation from Ntola for the expenditure of the money between 2014 and 2016, before the public sector union held its first conference.  Claims have been made of R600,000 of missing subscription money.  Salipswu was established by Ntola in 2014, only a few months after he had been expelled as president of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in May of that year for allegedly receiving monthly payments of up to R10,000 from one of the union’s service providers.  While fighting his expulsion from Sadtu, Ntola claimed he was being targeted over his support of the recently ousted Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.  On Monday, Vavi and Salipswu officials met in Johannesburg to discuss Ntola’s fate, but were unable to agree on what action should be taken next.  Vavi confirmed the investigation was still ongoing.

  • Read more of this Mail & Guardian report by Govan Whittles at SA Labour News

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