After several years of leadership challenges within the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers' Union (CEPPWAWU), with no Constitutional Congress being held, the union was finally able to convene its 5th national congress in East London, South Africa, on 27-31 August. The Congress focused on reviving the union through participatory democracy and building trust amongst members under the theme “Build and Revive Working Class Power towards workers Control and Socialism”.
The Congress was attended by 224 delegates, local and International Guests from BWI,
“The union is moving towards in the right direction to take their place in not only in South Africa but
The congress affirmed their commitment to increase global solidarity. In his closing
The congress elected the following leaders for the next three years: Thamsanqa Mhlongo (President), Lucas Mashego (1st Vice President), Johannes Dube (2nd Vice President), Lemmy Mokoena (Treasurer), Welile Nolingo (General Secretary), and Musa Bhengu (Deputy General Secretary).