Last updated: 31 March, 2009
Katishi Masemola: General Secretary
The GS was born in Meadowlands in 1968 July and went on to study in the same township of Soweto. In 1987 he passed his matric but returned to repeat matric studies with a view to obtaining exemption. As a student and youth political activist at the time, he was detained on April 30 1988 under the notorious state of emergency regulations of the Apartheid laws. He spent the next ten months in detention without trial until he was released following 17-day hunger strike in February 1999.
In 1990, he enrolled for and completed a University Bridging Program with Khanya College and proceeded to complete a Bachelors degree in 1994. In 1995 he then joined FAWU as a National Negotiator and has remained in the union to date. During this period I obtain two post-graduate qualifications. These are a two-year part time post-grad diploma in economics and a six-month post-grad certificate in competition law with Wits University in 2002. He is busy with masters’ degree studies.
In his stay at FAWU the GS has served in several capacities, from a National Negotiator to an Economics Coordinator in 1997. I later became a Bargaining Secretary in January 2000 and elected a Deputy General Secretary in April 2003.
In 2004 October Katishi Masemola was elected to the position of the General Secretary during a triennial national conference. He was reelected to this position again in 2007 September. The GS enjoys reading Sunday newspapers and business/economics daily newspapers. If he has time, he hangs up with friends and families.