Authorities and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) Western Cape secretary Mncedisi Mbolekwa has actually died of Covid-19 related complications.
Mbolekwa, who was the longest serving leader of the union in the province, passed away on Wednesday. He was 51.
The union explained his death was a huge loss. ” Comrade Mbolekwa was among the principled leaders of our union, a dedicated unionist who stayed very faithful to our cause and battle for employees’ rights,” it stated in a statement.
Popcru stated Mbolekwa had held the provincial secretary post since 1999 and was likewise the ANC branch treasurer of the Anton Fransch ward.
The union communicated its acknowledgements to his family and friends.
“ Comrade Mbolekwa was a real working-class activist and workers’ has a hard time always preceded in his life,” stated Cosatu in a statement.
” He was the epitome of what a good trade unionist should be.”
The SA Cops Service (SAPS) likewise revealed sadness at Mbolekwa’s sudden death, describing him as “a gallant fighter for workers’ rights who was not frightened to speak fact to power”.
” Capt Mbolekwa had actually diligently served the SAPS in various capacities for 29 years, the latter part of which was his release as a full-time Popcru shop steward,” said SAPS in a statement.
He played an important function with other Popcru shop stewards within the security and security sectoral bargaining council (SSSBC), advancing the interests of workers.”
Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Yolisa Matakata communicated her condolences to Mbolekwa’s family.
“ It is tragic that we lose a leader of his stature at an important time in the nation. With the Covid-19 pandemic threatening to destabilise workplaces, discerning voices such as his are needed even more,” she stated.
” The security of police authorities was very near his heart and without fail he advocated for heavy sentences to be meted out to those who assaulted police members.”