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samwu thumb medium80 78City Press reports that fearing for their lives, union bosses have allegedly gone into hiding following the recent murder of Roland Mani, deputy secretary of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in Limpopo.  

His death came a few days after the fatal shooting of the union’s former Limpopo chairperson, Timson Tshililo.  Mani and Tshililo were employed by the Vhembe District Municipality, which is one of the municipalities that broke the law by depositing millions of public funds into the now-defunct VBS Mutual Bank.  The recent killings came just two months after Thabang Maupa – an ANC Ward 5 councillor in the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality and a fierce critic of the VBS looters – was gunned down.  His killers are still at large.  Labour federation Cosatu, along with Samwu, believe the killings are linked to the latter’s tough stance against municipal officials implicated in the looting of VBS.  “We have heard that some of our shop stewards are not even sleeping at their homes any more, for fear of being attacked by these criminals,” said Samwu’s national spokesperson, Papikie Mohale.  Mohale, who could not confirm the number of officials on the run, said Samwu provincial secretary Patrick Aphane’s house was fired on by unknown assailants in December.  No one was injured in the incident.  Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said a motive for the killings had not yet been established.  A task team has been established to investigate the murders.

  • Read Lucas Ledwaba’s report on this story in full at City Press


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