The President of the Communication Workers Union Clyde Marvin has called for calm among the union’s rank and file members following the suspension of its long-serving General-Secretary Aubrey Tshabalala.

Tshabalala was suspended on full pay two weeks ago and ordered to appear before a disciplinary hearing on eight charges. He’s been accused of failing to perform his duties in line with the union’s constitution, going on unauthorized foreign trips and refusing to account to the union’s President. Tshabalala maintains that he is innocent of all the charges. Marvin says the union is dealing with the matter.

“In any organisation when such things happen, members will always have different views. But for now we will call for calm to our members and allow the process so that the organisation also deals with its internal issues. As matters are discussed workers have the right to ventilate and from time to time the organisation will reflect on decision it has taken through the NEC meetings. So we will also allow the NEC to reflect on these issues,” says Marvin.