National office bearers

Ruth Ntlokotse

Ruth Mamolaba Ntlokotse was born and raised in Soweto. She is the third among her siblings in a family of 4; two brothers and one sister. Ruth attended school in St Matthews Catholic school in Rockville. She matriculated in 1991.

Due to financial difficulties, Ruth pursuit her tertiary education from 1994 where she registered with Technikon Witwaterand to study Diploma in Analytical Chemistry. As a student activist she was a member of SASCO and SCM.

In order to complete her diploma, she did her in- service training at Johnson Matthey in Germiston, where she was later employed in 1997 as a laboratory analyst.

In 2006, she was first elected in by-elections as a shopsteward and later in 2007.

Ruth became actively involved in the work of the trade union, she served in different roles:

  • 2007 elected local deputy secretary (Fuzile Khesa local in Ekurhuleni region)
  • 2007 she became the member of the Regional Finance Committee
  • 2008 elected as Ekurhuleni Gender regional secretary
  • 2011 was elected to gender national chairperson position
  • 2012 she became the treasurer of the region
  • 2012 elected as a national finance committee member
  • 2012 elected to the gender national chairperson position
  • 2016 elected regional chairperson(Ekurhuleni)
  • 2016 elected 2nd deputy president at the 10th National Congress

Ruth is a firm believer of capacity building of Shopstewards through worker education in order to defend workers against the unfair effects of globalization. She studied through a union driven program; social theory. Upon completion of the program, through the union she enrolled at University of Witwatersrand to study BA. She graduated in 2015 in BA in Politics and International Relations. She furthered her studies and graduated in BA Hons in 2018. She has registered for MA and busy with her research work.

Ruth is an advocate of emancipation of women in society, she believes in enablement of women. She is involved in programs and campaigns which makes women to trust their own voice and begin to speak for themselves.


Mosima Maredi
2nd Deputy President

Mosima Maredi was born in Seshego, Polokwane and raised in Moletjie. Attended school in Seshego Phishego primary and later proceeded to Amalgamated school and completed her primary education. Mosima then attended her high school at G.H Franz and completed her grade 12 in 1991. She was part of SRC member during her high school times. Due to some difficulties she took gab years from 1992 to 1994. In 1995 to 1997 she studied teachers diploma at KwenaMoloto college of education. In 1998 she worked as a temporary teacher and was a SADTU member and later in 1999 she did a career change to studied nursing.

From 1999 to 2003 she studied nursing at Limpopo School of Nursing, by that time she was a SADNU member and actively involved in a student movement. She was a shop steward in Makhuduthamaga local. Later around 2009 when SADNU was experiencing internal issues she joined NUPSAW. She was very active and shop steward for the issues of workers. She is now the nurse manager (local area manager) at Makhuduthamaga Subdistrict.

She studied the following courses and completed with the mentioned institution.
• Teachers diploma – KwenaMoloto college of education
• Diploma in nursing – Limpopo college of nursing
• Diploma in public management- UNISA
• Diploma in Primary Health Care- Letaba nursing college
• Bcur in education and administration- North West university

The following short courses was obtained from Nyukela and National School of Government
• Operations management framework
• Basic writing skills
• Know and live our constitution
• Introduction to strategic planning and management
• Introduction to lead change
• Introduction to financial management and budgeting
• Ethics for internal auditors

She had a privilege to be elected on the following positions.
NB Mosima was the in the 1st leaders elected in Sekhukhune when NUPSAW was introduced in that region.
• 2010 NUPSAW regional deputy chairperson of Sekhukhune
• 2012 NUPSAW Co-opted as regional chairperson
• 2016 NUPSAW provincial deputy chairperson
• 2021 NUPSAW provincial chairperson
• 2022 NUPSAW 2nd deputy president
• 2022 SAFTU 2nd deputy president

All your strength is in your union; all the dander is in discord. Therefore, be at peace and as cadres live together.


Zwelinzima Vavi
General Secretary

In 1988, he became COSATU’s regional secretary for the Western Transvaal. In 1992 he took up the position of National Organising Secretary. He served as COSATU’s Deputy General Secretary from 1993 to 1999.

Vavi took centre stage in the four-month negotiation that preceded the 1997 Jobs Summit. He served on the International Labour Organisation’s commission on globalisation.

In 1999 he succeeded Mbhazima Shilowa (formerly the Gauteng Premier, and later one of the leaders of COPE) as general secretary of COSATU.

Zwelinzima Vavi is the current General Secretary of SAFTU


Nontembeko Luzipo
Deputy General Secretary

Ntembie, involved herself with labour movement as early as 2004, when she was employed at Intercape Mailner. Due to worse conditions of employment, and exploitation that was beyond tolerance she was part of the comrades who were recruiting day and night to have a union for the first time in the history of Intercape. Indeed their recruitment was successful, and she was then elected as Satawu Shop steward at Intercape, where she served also in the National Shop steward Council. She also served as the Provincial Secretary of the passenger sector. The National Passenger Sector Council elected her as the National Secretary in 2007, and unfortunately it is the same year when she was dismissed with number of comrades, for an “alleged illegal strike”.

In 2009, she was employed at Numsa for a period of 10 months. In 2010, she was permanently employed at Satawu as a Local Administrator in Bellville local. During her employment at Satawu, she parcticipated actively in Cosatu activities and some structures. She was part Western Provincial Task Team of Cosatu Young Workers, and was also active in the formation of Milnerton Cosatu Local.

Political activism – Ntembie has been political active even in the Mass Democratic Movement. She has served in Deputy Chairperson of Fidel Castro (an Sacp branch in Brain Bunting District also known as Cape Metro), and also as Deputy Secretary for two terms of Govan Mbeki branch (Anc branch, in Dullah Omar Region/Cape Metro).

She was also in the Interim leadership of the YCL that revived the YCL and during the District Congress in 2008, she was elected as the District Chairperson of YCL/Ufasimba. The Regional Congress of 2011, in Dullah Omar elected her as the Deputy Regional Secretary.

Her activism for the MDM structure never ceased, she is currently serving in ANC BEC of Govan Mbeki branch (Ward 04), in Dullah Omar Region, and also an Sacp DEC member of Brian Bunting District, in the Western Cape.


Motshwari Lecogo
National treasurer

Motshwari Harriet Lecogo like any worker who’s experienced workplace based exploitation and community struggles of the poor people, became active and joined trade union along with other workers as a member and have had the privileged of being elected as a shop steward and later as an office bearer at the province in the capacity as the Provincial secretary for North West Province in 2011 serving NUPSAW – National Union Of Public Service and Allied Workers and elected again. She joined the ANC and in August 2016 was elected to serve as the deputy secretary for Ward 12 ANC Women’s League.