Emma Mashinini

Picture of author Emma MashininiEmma Mashinini’s activism began when she was elected as a shop steward and later appointed as a floor supervisor at Henochsberg’s clothing factory. In 1975, Emma took up a position as the first General Secretary of the Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union of South Africa (CCAWUSA), growing the union substantially in the following years. She was arrested in 1981 under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act and held in solitary confinement at Pretoria Central Prison for six months. After her release she spent some time regaining her strength at a clinic in Denmark before resuming her post at CCAWUSA for another four years. In 1985, through her role in CCAWUSA, Emma was involved in the formation of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). In 1986 she was appointed head of the Department of Justice and Reconciliation, later working as Deputy Chairperson of the National Manpower Commission and then as the Commissioner for Land Restitution. She lives in Pretoria.

Books by Emma Mashinini