SAMWU mourns the passing of its President, Comrade John Dlamini.

10 September 2020

SAMWU mourns the passing of its President, Comrade John Dlamini.

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) today received with sadness and devastation the news of the passing away of its President, Comrade John Dlamini. Comrade John Dlamini passed away this morning after a short illness.

Born on 17th December 1966, Comrade John Dlamini was a servant of municipal workers and workers in general, he was affectionately known as “student of the revolution” or “young man”.

A policeman by training and service, Comrade John was elected Councillor at the Borough of Howick Municipality which is now the Umgeni local municipality in the early 90’. He also served this institution as its Deputy Council Clerk (Deputy Mayor).

Years later he was employed by the same municipality where he was elected the union’s Regional Secretary and Deputy Provincial Chairperson and ultimately SAMWU KZN Provincial Chairperson. Comrade John also served workers in KZN as COSATU Deputy Provincial Chairperson.

In 2012 at the union’s 10th National Congress in Mangaung, Comrade John was elected the union’s 1st Deputy President, a position he held until his re-election at the union’s 11th National Congress held in 2015.

In April 2019, Comrade John was elected the union’s President in Mangaung, he and his collective were tasked with rebuilding and taking the union to its 12th National Congress this year.

We lower our banners in honour of Comrade John, we salute him for the dedication, love, passion and commitment that he had for SAMWU, its members and workers in general.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the Dlamini family, friends, colleagues, members and municipal workers in general.

Funeral and memorial services arrangements will be made in consultation with the family and such will be communicated.

May his soul rest in peace.

Issued by SAMWU Secretariat

Koena Ramotlou
General Secretary
(073 254 9394)


Dumisane Magagula
Deputy General Secretary
(084 806 4005)


Papikie Mohale
National Media Officer
(073 710 0356)