South Africa’s Gina described as a dedicated leader

Former National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) President, Cedric Gina has died. Photo: Tracy Lee Stark.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – South Africa is still mourning the death of unionist, Cedric Gina, with President Cyril Ramaphosa describing him as a youthful, talented and dedicated leader of the working class and society.

Gina (48) died at Addington hospital in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal province yesterday. Ramaphosa said Gina’s role in constructing a social compact since the dawn of the democracy is indelible.

“The labour movement and our country in general has been deprived of benefiting from the full potential of Cedric Gina’s contribution to our society and to the betterment of the status of workers in our economy,” said Ramaphosa.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) General Secretary Irvin Jim also sent his condolences to Gina’s family and friends.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” said Jim.

The Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (LIMUSA) General Secretary, Siboniso Mdletshe said Gina was a central figure in the formation of LIMUSA.

“Cde Cedric was an embodiment of our alliance as was active and served a structures of the SACP and the ANC. He was passionate about reading and writing on political and labour matters,” said Mdletshe.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) National Spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla said Gina’s untimely death has created a vacuum in the working class leadership.

“We will miss his passion and easy going manner. He will always be remembered as a humble and dedicated activist, who commanded respect and possessed sincerity,

“He represented the best values of our trade union movement and was an activist, who really cared about the people that he served and the country in general,” he said.

Gina is the former president of the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa. He served in this position from 2008 until 2013. He is the founding member of the Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa).

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