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samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that another SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) official in Limpopo has been killed in the aftermath of the VBS Mutual Bank scandal, the union indicated on Thursday.  

Deputy provincial secretary Roland Mani was shot in Thohoyandou this week.  Meanwhile, a few days before the murder there had been an assassination attempt on former Limpopo chairperson Timson Tshililo, who is recovering in hospital.  Both union leaders, employed at Vhembe district municipality, have been at the forefront of calling for the removal of Limpopo mayors who illegally invested municipal funds into the now defunct VBS Mutual Bank.  According to the union, the shootings were part of a retaliation campaign against its officials because of their stance on mayors and municipal managers guilty of illegally depositing public funds into VBS.  Mani’s killing was the fourth recent shooting targeting Samwu provincial officials.  Provincial secretary Patrick Aphane’s home was sprayed with bullets in November by two armed men who then sped off.  The first casualty was Thabang Maupa, a local councillor at Tubatse Municipality, who was shot and killed in his car late last year.

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