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samwu thumb medium80 78Mail & Guardian reports that SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) insiders say that a forensic audit report said to have found evidence of corruption at the top of the embattled union is being suppressed by Samwu’s leaders.  

The Cosatu affiliate, with about 150,000 members, has been weakened by factionalisation and persistent allegations of financial mismanagement on the part of its leaders.  It has also been plagued by purges of officials who have come up against its president, Pule Molalenyane.  Union sources have accused Molalenyane of withholding the findings of an E&Y report commissioned in 2016 to investigate how millions of rands in membership fees went missing.  But Molalenyane said this claim was merely an effort to deflect attention away from a corrupt faction in Samwu.  The report was commissioned by the union after an internal battle over R178-million that was allegedly stolen from union coffers under its previous leadership.  The report is expected to be tabled before the union’s central executive committee in January 2019, though general secretary Simon Mathe had previously said it would be made public in May this year.  Meantime, Cosatu seems hopeful that the union is stabilising.  The federation’s Sizwe Pamla said Samwu’s financial position had improved significantly and it had recently been paying its subscription fees to the federation.  Cosatu has not yet seen the E&Y report.

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