The Leader of the new addition to Cosatu, Limusa died in a car accident on the N3 Saturday night. Limusa was admitted into the Cosatu fold last month after the ousting of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa earlier this year.

Maphumulo who died in an accident on the N3 highway while travelling with three other members to Johannesburg for a press conference, is the leader of the newly accepted union in Cosatu.

The union was scheduled to address the media on its first national executive committee meeting this morning.

Limusa’s general secretary Cedric Gina who was amongst the passengers in the car on Saturday evening has described the Maphumulo’s death as a great loss. ”He was a leader poised to go far,” Gina said. The LIMUSA national leadership would convene a meeting soon to discuss a way forward.

A media briefing that was scheduled for Sunday in Johannesburg to formally introduce LIMUSA to the media was cancelled.