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Johannesburg - The SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has once again removed three top leaders including its president, Pule Molalenyane after barely six months on the job.

The union’s central executive committee (CEC) has accused Molalenyane, his 1st deputy John Dlamini and Treasurer Portia Lindi of scheming to destabilise Samwu in order to align it with the yet to be launched federation setup to rival Cosatu.

A statement released on Tuesday by the union’s central executive committee which voted on the axing explained the leaders had gone against a congress decision to support and defend its federation, Cosatu.

“We were shocked to learn that our former National Office Bearer(s) are now taking a different direction, that of conniving with the new federation and they are attending meetings in the dark corners without our mandate,” said Samwu general secretary, Simon Mathe in a statement.

The new federation backed by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and former Cosatu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi will hold its founding congress on May 1st.

The former leaders are also said to have taken unilateral and unconstitutional decisions to remove provincial leaders.

According to the statement, several attempts were made by members of the Samwu CEC to compel their leaders to hold a meeting in order to deal with these issues to no avail.

“Our former National Office Bearers were running the union like private property which left us with no option but to look for remedial measures in terms of the constitution,” explained Mathe in the statement.

Labour Bureau