The COSATU Young Workers Forum (CYWF) has learned with shock and devastation on the sad news of untimely passing of SAMWU General Secretary and COSATU Central Executive Committee (CEC) member Cde Koena Ramotlou.
The passing of Cde Ramotlou came as great shock to us, as he was a bright and a sharp young mind and we were still expecting a lot from him. His contribution towards the advancement of the working-class struggle and at the shop-floor level and his passion towards young workers development will be greatly missed. We were inspired by his passion for the SAMWU Young Workers agenda which was recently constitutionalised in their Congress under his tutelage.
His departure comes in less than a week, after we have lost another giant in the Labour movement in the form of NUM General Secretary Cde David Sipunzi.
We will always remember him for his vibrancy, commitment, hard work, exuberance and loyalty to the struggle of workers with so much devotion for his organisation.
We extend our deepest heart felt condolences to SAMWU, to his family and COSATU and the entire movement.
Issued by the office of Coordinating Secretariat
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