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ANC mourns passing of Comrade Emma Mashinini

12 July 2017

The African National Congress mourns the passing of a dedicated worker leader, trade unionist and a veteran of our movement, Comrade Emma Thandi Mashinini on Monday, 10 July 2017, at the age of 87. An advocate for workers rights, Comrade Emma Mashinini, along with others, founded the Commercial, Catering and Allied Worker's Union of South Africa (CCAWUSA) in 1975, and served in its National structure.

A selfless and dedicated leader, Comrade Emma Mashinini was among those who drafted the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People in 1955, which remains the main guiding document of the ANC.

In 1985, she was involved in the formation of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), demonstrating her commitment in improving the working and material conditions of workers. For her outstanding contribution to the building of the trade union movement, she was awarded the National Order of Luthuli in Bronze in 2007.

As we mourn her passing, the ANC sends its heartfelt condolences to the Mashinini family and friends. We will always remember her for her as a loyal and dedicated worker leader who had an unwavering love for her people.

May her soul rest in peace!

Issued by the African National Congress

Zizi Kodwa 082 330 4910
National Spokesperson

Khusela Sangoni 072 854 5707
National Communications Manager