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Bullets and petrol bombs: Satawu's leadership under attack

The union’s Gauteng Secretary was shot dead & its president's home was petrol bombed.

Police on the scene after Chris Nkosi was shot and killed on 13 April 2015. Picture: @MedixGauteng via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) says it suspects its rivals or enemies within companies are behind the killing of its Gauteng Secretary Chris Nkosi while the union's president has refused to be drawn on whether a petrol bomb attack on his home is political.

Nkosi was shot five times and died in his car at an intersection in Germiston while driving home on Monday evening.

His killer is unknown and managed to escape in an unidentified BMW.

Image: @MedixGauteng via Twitter.

Satawu spokesman Vincent Masoga says the union has made many enemies.

"We've upset a lot of people in the quarters of drivers and in the quarters of the employers, even people who don't like our work. As a result of that, there's been a lot of threats to both the lives of our national leaders."

Meanwhile, Satawu President June Dube says his wife and children were not harmed in a petrol bomb attack at his house in Vosloorus just after midnight.

He says he's unsure about who could be behind it.

"I can't tell otherwise because I heard about it when I was sitting with the police."

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president S'dumo Dlamini says he's dismayed.

"We are faced now with a situation if we allow it to go on unabated we might not be able to resolve it. We are calling for unity in the organisation, asking and appealing to everyone in the organisation to take comfort in the fact that Cosatu has intervened."

A search has been launched for the gunmen.