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Press Statement, 05 January 2020
NUM MOURNS THE PASSING AWAY OF SAMWU GENERAL SECRETARY COMRADE KOENA RAMOTLOU
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has learnt with great sadness the passing away of SAMWU General Secretary, Comrade Koena Ramotlou.
Koena Ramotlou was recently elected General Secretary at the union’s 12th National Congress held in December 2020. He also previously served as the union’s Deputy General Secretary after having been elected to that position in 2015 at the union’s 11th National Congress.
On behalf of the mining, energy, construction and metal workers, the NUM sends its deepest and heartfelt condolences to Koena Ramotlou family, his friends, and the entire SAMWU membership.
May his soul rest in peace!
William Mabapa, NUM Deputy General Secretary, 082 880 4439
Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257
Luphert Chilwane, NUM Media Officer, 083 809 3255
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media
Its birth was facilitated by comrades Cyril Ramaphosa who rose to be its first General Secretary, James Motlatsi who turned to be its first President, and Elijah Barayi who became its Vice President and later the President of Cosatu in 1985 when the federation was formed. porn