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samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said on Wednesday that it had mandated its national office bearers (NOBs) to open criminal cases against persons and companies involved in stealing money from the union account.  

This came as Samwu confirmed that the workers' coffers had been plundered of almost R88 million in just three years and that the report of the forensic investigation into this wide-scale plundering had been kept under wraps.  "Employees who have been implicated in the report will be charged with gross negligence and criminal charges will be laid with the police.  Where such a determination is made monies will be recouped from all the individuals that are implicated.  The special CEC further mandated NOBs to open criminal cases against other persons/companies involved in stealing money from the union account," Samwu indicated.  Reports emerged this week that a damning Ernst & Young forensic investigation in 2016 revealed that millions of rands meant to be put aside as a strike fund to keep food on the tables of Samwu's striking members were redirected to cover some of the union's operational costs and to buy T-shirts.  Samwu laid the blame squarely at the feet of its former president, Pule Molalenyane, for hiding the report from the union's structures.  On the strike fund which was stopped in 2012 and whose proceeds were used to buy T-shirts, Samwu said auditors have recommended the development of policies on how to deal with and manage funds of this nature to prevent possible abuse in future.

  • Read the full original of Siphelele Dludla’s report in the above regard at Independent News

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