SADTU Statement on the passing of NEHAWU Spokesperson, Cde Khaya Xaba

14 June 2021

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) wishes to express its sincere and heartfelt condolences to its sister union, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU), family and friends of the late Spokesperson Cde Khaya Xaba. The news of the passing on of Cde Xaba were met with deep shock and sadness.

Cde Xaba will be remembered as a dedicated and diligent cadre who contributed to the struggle for the working class through his work as the spokesperson. He fearlessly spoke out against the injustices meted out by employers on workers not only in the health sector but in the public service sector as a whole.

He diligently ensured that members and the general public were kept abreast about developments within his union and the COSATU federation through his work as a communicator. His passing is not a loss for NEHAWU but for all workers in general.

Cde Xaba's death has sadly come at a time when public service unions are fighting for the protection of collective bargaining following the employer's failure to honour, in full, Collective Agreement 1 of 2018 which resulted in public service employees not receiving their increments in 2020. In his memory SADTU, together with all public service unions under COSATU, commits to continue the fight to ensure that the gains of the working class, such as collective bargaining, are not reversed.

Lala kahle Mashwabada, Nonkosi omuhle nonyawo lwakhe. May his soul rest in peace.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat


General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke: 082 783 2968
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