COSATU mourns the death of Former FEDUSA General Secretary Cde Dennis George

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of South Africa’s leaders and foremost trade unionist, Former FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and comrades.

Cde Dennis George was a major figure in the trade union movement and was deeply respected by all. He was not afraid to express and stand by his views and fearlessly led his members to battle exploitative employers.

He was a formidable trade unionist who contributed immensely to building and shaping the post-1994 labour market landscape. He believed in education and that the nation should invest in skills development to reduce unemployment.  He believed in life education and earned a PHD well into his years as a General Secretary, with his thesis focusing on how social dialogue can be used to improve the lives of the working class. 

He was a reliable partner at Nedlac, endeavoured to work closely with COSATU and other trade union federations, always fostered worker unity, and believed in building bridges with other social partners to fix South Africa’s problems. 

He rose from the dusty streets of the Cape Flats and became one of the nation’s key leaders.  We will forever remember him as one of the nation’s solid and talented trade unionists.

The working class remains deeply indebted to Cde Dennis George for his immense contribution.

May his soul rest in peace!

Issued by COSATU

Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)
Tel: 011 339 4911
Fax: 011 339 5080
Cell: 060 975 6794