Former EFF Limpopo chairperson Jossey Buthane on Wednesday officially launched the Workers Emancipation Trade Union, also known as WETU.

The launch took place at Polokwane Royal Hotel, Capricorn District. The newly formed union comprises Buthane as its President.

WORKERS EMANCIPATION TRADE UNION LEADERS

Joseph Makola is the Deputy President, and Clifford Letsoalo is the Secretary General. Kholofelo Mashiane is the Deputy Secretary General, Abram Selapoeane is the treasurer and Tshepo Makwela is the national organiser.

Former EFF Limpopo Secretary Jossey Buthane on Wednesday officially launched the Workers Emancipation Trade Union, also known as WETU.
Jossey Buthane

During the launch, Buthane also clarified that he is not forming a political party but a union that will cater to everyone, regardless of their political affiliation. He lashed out at those who have accused him of trying to form a political party.

FORMER EFF LIMPOPO LEADER JOSSEY BUTHANE RUBBISH POLITICAL PARTY FORMATION RUMOURS

“If I wanted to form a political party I would have done so, I am not afraid of anything. I am also not lazy to do so. So if I want to form a Political party I will inform you, that I am not afraid and I am not thinking about you,” said Buthane without mentioning a specific name.

“Stop creating stories that didn’t exist, I don’t want to form a political party, I want to form a Union and this is the Union.”

The launch was also attended by hundreds of workers from across the province. He also clarified that the Union is not a Limpopo union but is only being launched in the province.

WETU members at the launch

WHO WETU REPRESENTS

Buthane adds that since they started mobilising three months ago, the Union already has over 1,000 members.

“We are representing every worker across the length and breadth of South Africa. As long as you are a worker we are going to represent you. We are not specific to securities, retail, or mine, no. You come to us and you are a member then we represent you,” he said.