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amcu thumb medium80 81City Press reports that Nkosikho Joni, deputy president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), says he will be starting legal proceedings against the union.  

On Thursday during an Amcu leadership briefing, it was announced that Joni had been suspended.  The Amcu leaders said that a unanimous vote of no confidence in Joni had been passed by the union’s central executive committee (CEC).  “I am definitely going to be taking legal action.  I only found out about this CEC meeting from the media,” Joni indicated.  He believes that Joseph Mathunjwa, the union’s leader and founder, has been gunning for him since he first assumed the deputy presidency post.  Joni was elected unopposed in September and, shortly after, was called to a meeting and asked to resign, which he refused to do.  There were signs of potential conflict leading up to this turn of events, said Joni.  He alleged that Mathunjwa asked him not to practise his “tribalist mind” and “Xhosa mentality” at Amcu.  This, said Joni, happened at his first national executive committee (NEC) meeting.  Thereafter, he alleges, the union’s national organiser, Dumisani Nkalitshana, was suspended.  “Dumisani, me and Xolani Bokoloshe [Amcu’s national chair of health and safety] are isiXhosa-speaking people. A week later, Dumisani was suspended. The following week, it was me. Then Xolani went to Mathunjwa and apologised – for what, I don’t know. He [Mathunjwa] asked me to apologise as well, but I refused because I had no clue as to why,” said Joni.  Last week it was reported that labour relations registrar Lehlohonolo Molefe had written to Amcu, asking it to provide reasons why Joni and Nkalitshana were in the firing line.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Queenin Masuabi on page 15 of City Press of 15 March 2020
  • Read too, Joni vows to fight for Amcu post, on page 5 of Sunday Independent of 15 March 2020

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