SAMWU Gauteng Province held a successful Special PEC on 16 July 2014 in Ekurhuleni. The Special PEC was attended by all Regions within the Province representing more than 60 000 members of SAMWU spread throughout the Province. The Special PEC showed high levels of unity and discipline and sought to correct all challenges facing the National Union. The meeting was addressed by the General Secretary of the union, Cde Walter Theledi. The Special PEC further filled all leadership vacancies: Cde Caleb Mokoena as Provincial Secretary and Cde Nonceba Mbilini as Provincial Deputy Secretary
On allegations against embezzlements of 140 million by NOB’s
The Special PEC noted allegations levelled against National Office Bearers in a very sober mind and further believe that issues related to corruption cannot be condoned and must be condemned in gest possible terms. The Special PEC noted the current CEC process and the task team appointed to investigate the allegations. The meeting resolved to observe and allow all internal processes of the organisation to unfold and will engage with the final report that will be tabled before the CEC.
On the March to SAMWU Head Office
The Special PEC further engaged on the march to union Head Office which was led by some suspended and expelled members. All Regions distanced themselves from such a march since such was never approved by any of our organisational structures.
On ill-discipline by some comrades
The Union has resolved not to allow continuous disregard for union constitution and organisational processes. The Special PEC noted that some former members were either suspended or expelled for their ill-discipline and misconduct. Members are requested to remain vigilant and not be misinformed by such former members.
On the functioning of Regions within Gauteng Province
The Special PEC resolved that all regions convene their constitutional meetings in preparation for shop stewards elections which will commence from 1 August 2014 that will lead up to Regional Congresses and ultimately Provincial Congress. All SAMWU members are encouraged to participate in such elections and elect stewards who will better serve interests of workers.
On the Amendment of the Municipal Systems Act
SAMWU is highly disturbed by the signing of the amendment into law which seeks to erode powers of bargaining and delegate such to the minister. The meeting noted that SAMWU has taken SALGA to court on the amendment of the Municipal Systems Act. The matter will be heard at Gauteng North High Court on 8 September 2014. Members of the union in an around Tshwane are requested to attend the said court.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions