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amcu thumb medium80 81Financial Mail reports that the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) is under threat of deregistration, this time over alleged irregularities in its finances and the legitimacy of key office bearers, including its president, Joseph Mathunjwa.  

The registrar, Lehlohonolo Molefe, has questioned an amount in the union’s financial statements of R192m, which the union apparently receives for the "rendering of services".  Molefe would like to know what is meant by this and has questioned "other operating expenses" of around R30m.  Amcu has been in Molefe’s crosshairs in the past, first over its failure to hold an elective conference and also for not providing up-to-date audited financial statements as required by law.  In September last year, Amcu met the legal requirements and was granted a reprieve.  However, in a letter in February this year, the threat of deregistration was once again made — this time over apparent irregularities in its finances and questions over the legitimacy of Amcu’s top leaders.  The president of a trade union must be a worker leader and, by law, should be employed by a company on a full-time basis and seconded to the union.  Mathunjwa was at one time employed by BHP, but there are questions over whether he remains in its employ — which would mean he was no longer eligible to be president.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Natasha Marrian at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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