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SAFTU condemns Zimbabwe arrest of international union leader

The South African Federation of Trade Unions demands the immediate and unconditional release of the International Trade Union Confederation-Africa General Secretary, Kwasi Adu Amankwah.  

He was one of a three-member ITUC delegation on a fact-finding mission into the recent attacks on Zimbabwean trade unions.

He was due to meet Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions leadership, the Ministry of Labour, the International Labour Organisation and the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe to discuss the problems facing the trade union movement.

He landed in Harare and checked into a local hotel, but had been followed by government officials who drove him back to the airport, where he was detailed by immigration officials who refused to allow his comrades to speak to him or deliver food.


SAFTU strongly condemns this blatant attack not just on an individual union leaders but on the whole trade union movement in Zimbabwe, Africa and the world.

It serves to confirm that the Mnangagwa regime is hell-bent on beheading the workers’ movement, having already arrested ZCTU President, Peter Mutasa, and General Secretary, Japhet Moyo, and more than 200 protesters during demonstrations in which at least five people were killed and many more injured.

SAFTU further demands that the South African government sends a strong protest to the Zimbabwe government to free Comrade Amankwah and give him unfettered access to meet his fellow take unionists and all the others that he was scheduled to meet.  

An injury to one is an injury to all!

Workers of the world unite!