NEHAWU is greatly saddened by the news of the passing away of former SAMWU 1ST Deputy President, Cde Xolile “Boss” Nxu, who passed on the 24th of May 2012. We send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and comrades.
Cde Xolile Nxu held different positions in the trade union movement such as the Provincial Chairmanship of SAMWU in the Western Cape, Western Cape COSATU Provincial Chairmanship and as a 1st Deputy President of SAMWU.This working class leader will be greatly missed by the working class that is currently engaged in a titanic struggle against the capitalist onslaught that is hell-bent on eroding the gains of the workers and the poor.
This revolutionary worker leader will be remembered for his self-sacrificing and principled ideals in service of the poor. He was a humble and prudent worker leader who developed an advanced international consciousness that led to him being physically barred from going to the Palestine by the apartheid Israeli state. He was passionate about international solidarity work and invited the Palestine Solidarity movement to come and relate the story of their struggles to raise the consciousness of the South African working class.
We owe it to leaders like Cde Nxu to continue the fight for the full emancipation of the working class from the shackles of a triple crisis of inequality, poverty and unemployment. Workers should work hard to deliver better services to the deserving poor majority in honour of working class heroes like Cde Nxu and must never cease in their struggle to improve the lives of the downtrodden. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, 02 June 2012 at the Gugulethu Sports Complex starting at 08h00.
We salute this worker leader and may he rest in peace.