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COSATU STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF SADTU MEMBERS

11 September 1998

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has noted with sadness the death of seven SADTU members, who died yesterday following a road accident that took place near Butterworth in Transkei. The comrades were on their way home from the union's congress that was held in Durban.

The fact that the comrades lost their lives coming from their union's congress shows their dedication in making a positive contribution to the transformation process of our education system. Our fledgling democracy owes much to the sacrifices and contributions they made to the disadvantaged communities - in particular the Eastern Cape.

Their sacrifices and selfless contribution to the liberation and the uplifting of peoples' standard of living will remain with us for many years to come. The tragic death of our comrades is not only a loss to COSATU and SADTU members, but to the entire liberation movement, education system and the people of South Africa.

COSATU expresses its heartfelt sympathies and conveys its condolences to the members of the bereaved families as well as to the SADTU comrades who have lost their colleagues. We also extend our deepest sympathies to the comrades who were injured in the accident. We wish them a speedily recovery.

Nowetu Mpati COSATU Head of Communications

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