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SACTWU mourns as Union Organiser and Office-Bearer die in car accident PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 May 2012 00:00


It is with great sadness and deep sorrow  that the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU)  announces the tragic death of a  Branch Organiser and an  Office Bearer, respectively.

Branch Organiser  Maria Davia Monaheng and Office Bearer Tselane Adeline Lipali died  on the scene, in a horrific car crash with a truck on the N1 national road between Parys and Kroonstad, in the early evening yesterday.

Ms Lipali,  a SACTWU shop steward, was the Provincial Treasurer of COSATU’s Free State Province.

A third passenger, SACTWU shop steward and Branch Chairperson, Oupa Masita, is in serious but stable condition in the Bloemfontein hospital.

The three clothing, textile and leather industry trade unionists, from SACTWU’s John Zikhali Branch in the Free State & Northern Cape, were traveling from a union meeting when the tragic incident happened.

They had earlier in the day attended the union’s Gauteng  Regional Executive Committee  (REC) meeting in Johannesburg, and were on their way home.

Representatives from the trade union have personally informed the families of the deceased and the injured. We grief with them.

SACTWU and COSATU will now, in  close consultation with the families, help make the necessary funeral arrangements and provide practical assistance with the recovery efforts of our injured Branch Chairperson.

We are thankful for the many condolence  messages and recovery wishes from cadres, comrades and friends within our movement and beyond.

Further details will be released tomorrow.

Issued by

Andre Kriel
General Secretary