MADISHA, William. South African trade union leader: Apartheid Israel worse than Apartheid South Africa


William Mothipa "Willie" Madisha is a South African trade unionist. Madisha is the former President of both the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU; from 1999-2008) and the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU; from 1996-2008). Madisha grew up in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa, where he was a member of the United Democratic Front. He studied teaching at Transvaal College of Education. Madisha was fired from his position as COSATU president and expelled from the organization on February 27, 2008; he was also fired from SADTU on July 29, 2008..He  backed Thabo Mbeki for the presidency against the now President Jacob Zuma (see: )..

Willie Madisha, in a letter supporting CUPE Ontario's resolution (The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents 600000 working women and men across Canada; its Ontario branch voted in 2006 to support divestment, boycott and sanctions against Apartheid Israel): "As someone who lived in apartheid South Africa and who has visited Palestine I say with confidence that Israel is an apartheid state. In fact, I believe that some of Israel's actions make the actions of South Africa's apartheid regime appear pale by comparison." [1].

[1]. Edward. C. Corrigan, “Israel and apartheid: a fair comparison?”,, 2 March 2010: .