‘R140m gone from union’s account’

Cape Town - The SA Municipal Workers Union’s suspended provincial secretary, Andre Adams, on Wednesday morning briefed local membership about funds “stolen” by national office bearers.

The meeting with staff at the municipality’s Southern Peninsula Depot was the first in a series organised by Adams and his supporters to “educate” members about “corruption” at Samwu’s national head office. Another meeting is scheduled to take place in Cape Town on Thursday.

Adams claims he and 14 other high-ranking provincial leaders across the country were suspended recently for raising questions about around R140 million in misappropriated and missing union funds.

The police Commercial Crimes Unit in Joburg confirmed it was investigating the missing millions.

A document circulated at the Samwu meeting in Ottery this morning purported to “summarise” the state of the union’s finances.

It drew attention to four areas of concern as accounting for the missing R139 548 365. They are:

Nadine Simons, a suspended Samwu shop steward facilitating the meetings this week, said the above amounted to “theft” from members who pay monthly subscription fees.

“We are issuing an ultimatum on Wednesday,” she said. “The national office bearers need to resign or be suspended. There must be a forensic investigation. Those provincial leaders who were unfairly dismissed or suspended must be reinstated. Failing this, members will withhold their monthly payments and protest action will follow.”

Samwu general secretary Walter Theledi did not answer his cellphone on Wednesday morning or respond to messages.