SAMWU condemns attack on COSATU Provincial Secretary post PEC

24 September 2020

SAMWU condemns attack on COSATU Provincial Secretary post PEC

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in Limpopo Province has learned with shock the coordinated attack on the leadership of COSATU in the province through malicious questions purported to be coming from a journalist of anunnamed publication and or non-existent publication taking phenomenon of fake news to the extremes bordering on disinformation.

What is particularly concerning is the timing of this choreographed attacks on the persona of Cde Gerald Twala, COSATU Provincial Secretary which comes hot on the aftermath of his releasing of the COSATU post PEC statement which amongst others recorded the displeasure of COSATU and its constituent affiliates about the challenges facing our province and the absence of leadership headed by Cde Premier Stan Mathabatha thus resolving that he step down as a Premier.

SAMWU would want to put on record that attacking CosatuPS Cde Gerald Twala is akin to a referee officiating a game and red-carding spectators because the decision to call for stepping down of the Premier is a decision of COSATU PEC held on the 16th September 2020 attended by affiliates and cannot be reduced to one man “Cde Gerald Twala”.

SAMWU and by extension, COSATU is not a class neutral organisation and will at all material times independently work to build and sustain working class hegemony in all key sites of our struggle including and not limited to the State, workplace, society and will not allow itself to be silenced and least co-opted by those anti-union and anti-working class tendencies seeking to capture our movement and the state for their narrow accumulation interests.

As SAMWU, we will leave no stone unturned in support of Cde Gerald Twala in his role as the chief spokesperson on all matters COSATU LIMPOPO and will do all to defend the centrality of the PEC of our glorious federation on matters of policy decisions and will not be intimidated into submission by faceless information peddlers masquerading as journalists.

Issued by Samwu Limpopo

Patrick Aphane
Provincial Secretary
076 785 9022


Nditsheni Mufamadi
Deputy Provincial Secretary
071 607 4391