Union calls for removal of deported Zimbabwean unionist from board

Union calls for removal of deported Zimbabwean unionist from board

May 19 2017  – The Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers Union (Detawu) on Friday called for the immediate removal of deported Zimbabwean Zenzo Mahlangu from the Private Security Sector Provident Fund board and  from the investment subcommittee, where he is chairperson.

Mahlangu, the general secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu), was deported to Zimbabwe on May 4 after the Department of Home Affairs’ investigation into his nationality revealed he was living in South Africa without the necessary permits.

Mahlangu is a Zimbabwean and a prominent unionist within the Cosatu, sitting on the board of the Private Security Sector Provident Fund.

Detawu’s general secretary, Vusi Ntshangase, said in a statement that Mahlangu “could not be trusted” to preside over South African workers’ monies because he was reportedly deported as an illegal immigrant.

Ntshangase said his union viewed allegations against Mahlangu to be of a very serious nature in as far as his role as a fund trustee is concerned, even though Satawu has refuted them.

“Detawu has noted with great concern the recent revelation on the original citizenship and development on the deportation of Satawu general secretary, Mr Zenzo Mahlangu, as reported in the news. We note that this allegation has up to this point been refuted by his union,” Ntshangase said.

“We call upon the Private Security Sector Provident Fund to dismiss Mr Zenzo Mahlangu both as their fund investment subcommittee chairperson and as a fund board member with immediate effect on the basis that he cannot be trusted to preside and hold a fiducial duty over South African workers monies being an alleged illegal immigrant as reported on the media.”

Ntshangase said the previous Private Security Sector Provident Fund board, whose term finished at the end of August 2016, had vetted all new trustees to ascertain if they were in good standing. He said the current board seemed not to have vetted new trustees.

He added that should the board ignore Detawu’s call to remove Mahlangu, his union would have no choice but to mobilise their members to mount pressure on the board and that they would consult their legal team  to compel the board to implement their call. www.zimsinsa.com  – ANA