The Amcu union is holding its first elective conference in six years, a move that has helped it dodge the bullet of deregistration by the labour department. It is hard to imagine founder and president Joseph Mathunjwa not remaining at the helm.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) kicked off a three-day national elective conference on the East Rand on Wednesday 18 September. This was overdue and the union had faced the prospect of having its status revoked by the Department of Employment and Labour over its failure to comply with various regulations - a threat that was withdrawn earlier in September.
Several positions have been open for nominations including that of the president, but they have so far been uncontested, though nominations from the floor can still come.
It is hard to see Joseph Mathunjwa, who founded Amcu almost two decades ago after he fell out with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), not retaining his position as president.
"Mathunjwa is the centre of the organisation which is centred around him as a strong and charismatic leader," Crispen Chinguno, a senior lecturer at Sol Plaatje University, who has studied Amcu extensively, told Business Maverick.
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