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samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the founding president of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), Petrus Mashishi, has died, the union advised on Wednesday.  

General secretary Simon Mathe said 72-year-old Mashishi died at his home in Soweto on Wednesday morning.  Mathe stated:  “Comrade Mashishi was elected Samwu president at its inaugural congress in 1987 following a merger of a number of unions including the Transport and General Workers Union (of) which he was a shop steward of.  Following his election as Samwu president, Comrade Mashishi proceeded to serve the union with diligence and dedication for more than 20 years as its number one shop steward and president.”  He added that Mashishi was loved and respected by municipal workers across the country, which earned him the title of “the union’s man”.

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