The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with great sadness and shock the news of the passing away of its Mpumalanga Chairperson, Comrade Lucky Nkosi. Comrade Nkosi passed away in the early morning of 6 September after a short illness at the age of 46.
Born on 7 October 1974, Comrade Nkosi began working at the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality’s Technical Services Department in May 2007 and continued to serve the institution until his untimely death working as a Project Officer in the Project Management Unit.
In 2008, Comrade Nkosi was elected SAMWU Local Secretary at the municipality, a position he held until his election as the Barney Molokoane Regional Chairperson. In 2015, he was elected at the SAMWU Mpumalanga Provincial Congress, he was elected Deputy Provincial Chairperson, a position he held until being elected Chairperson in 2017.
Comrade Nkosi was actively involved in the renewal process of the union, as a political head of the union in the province, he lived up to expectations and steered SAMWU in the right direction.
As part of its renewal process, the union held its Provincial Congress earlier this year wherein Comrade Nkosi was once again elected Provincial Chairperson. We will remember Comrade Lucky Nkosi for the commitment, love and passion that he had for this union and its entire membership.
We lower our banners in honour of our fallen, the union has lost one of the most dedicated servants, municipal workers have been robbed. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Nkosi family, friends, colleagues and the union’s membership.
Comrade Lucky Nkosi will be laid to rest on the 11th September in Ermelo, Mpumalanga. We are currently preparing for the union’s memorial service which will be held after the funeral, details of which will be communicated once finalized.
We once more send our condolences to the Nkosi family, we thank them for having have borrowed him to us so he can advance the interests of municipal workers. We further thank them for having have allowed him to sacrifice family time so he can attend to the need of South African municipal workers.
May his soul rest in peace!
Issued by SAMWU Secretariat