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amcu thumb medium80 81Mail & Guardian reports that Associated of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa has executed another big purge within his union and is intent on ousting his deputy, Sanele Myeza.  

This comes as the battle for control of the union heats up, and regions in Gauteng and Mpumalanga prepare to take him on.  Amcu currently has grown to 250,000 members, but has been plagued by internal squabbles about transparency and an apparently dictatorial style of leadership by the charismatic Mathunjwa.  Myeza said last week that his status within Amcu was a “very sensitive matter,” but wouldn’t comment further on the dismissal of his allies within the union.  He had started gaining support among Amcu regions to challenge Mathunjwa for the union leadership and now apparently faces the axe.  Those purged include Mpumalanga’s regional organiser, John Tlou, and head office organiser, Thomas Nkosi.  In Gauteng, Mathunjwa sacked Desmond Jeza and Ernest Mohale, regional organisers in Carletonville, and Sibongile Tshisa, chairperson of the West Rand region.  According to Jeza, Mathunjwa started targeting his opponents in the union late last year, when it became evident the officials in the regions were unhappy with what they saw as his unilateral decision-making and his lack of transparency.  The union has failed to hold an elective congress since it rose to prominence in the wake of the six week long strike at Lonmin and the Marikana massacre in 2012.

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