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fawuIndependent News reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has been shaken by infighting following the suspension of its general secretary, Katishi Masemola, over the writing off of R19.2million in one of the union’s investment companies.  

The second-largest affiliate of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) suspended Masemola after its national executive committee (NEC) meeting earlier this month.  However, Masemola has fought back, telling Fawu president Atwell Nazo that his suspension was unconstitutional and unlawful.  According to Masemola, there was an explicit NEC decision taken in February that he should remain in office and continue doing his work as normal.  Nazo earlier notified Fawu members and structures that Masemola had been suspended pending investigation.  Nazo has since warned Masemola that his defiance and disregard of his suspension were viewed in a serious light and had the potential to have further charges added.  Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has intervened and called for unity within Fawu.  He said the destabilisation of Fawu was the destabilisation of Saftu and warned that disunity in the union would have a profound impact on the federation’s cohesion and unity.  Fawu has been rocked by leadership squabbles since it abandoned Cosatu in 2016.

  • Read the full original of Loyiso Sidimba’s report on the Fawu infighting at Independent News

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