NEWS ALERT: PUDEMO DEPUTY PRESIDENT SIKHUMBUZO PHAKATHI ARRESTED
All the visiting worker leaders have been deported save only for Sikhumbuzo Phakathi, the Deputy President of PUDEMO and also International Secretary for CCEPPWU. Information we are gathering is to the effect that upon reaching the border, Phakathi was not allowed to cross over into South Africa but was held up by the police under intense interrogation. We also gathered that the other worker leaders from COSATU were deported through the Lavumisa/Golel border post (northern KZN) but their whereabouts cannot be confirmed, at least for now.
In the meantime, our Deputy President's exact whereabouts are unknown and his safety with the local police cannot be guaranteed as witnessed.
Head of Publicity