South Africa – violent attack on union leader and shooting of provincial secretary show growing divisions

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Mail and Guardian

An attack on Satawu’s president and the gunning down of its provincial secretary in one night has left members fearing for their lives.

Fingers are being pointed to internal hostility and divisive leadership battles in the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) as it reels from the assassination of its provincial secretary and an attack on its president in one night.

Other leaders are now fearing for their lives as police investigate the separate incidents.

At close to midnight on Monday, Satawu President June Dube was asleep in his Vosloorus home in the East Rand with his wife and three children when his home was petrol bombed.

Unknown men threw a petrol bomb into his lounge, shattering the window and setting the room alight.

A four year old child was in the house.

When police arrived to investigate and take down statements, Dube’s phone rang.

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