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Comrade Hadi lives in the industrial city of Port Elizabeth and is a full-time shop steward of the union working as a senior clerk for the Nelson Mandela Municipality. She has been a SAMWU shop steward since 1997. She was elected as the Deputy President of SAMWU five months ago when a position became vacant, and is making herself available for the upcoming SAMWU elections in November later this year.

Before joining the municipality she worked in the auto industry and was for many years a shop steward in the metalworkers union of Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). She has been an activist all her adult life. At 17 she became active in the banned African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, and later the ANC Women’s League. She has also played a leading role in the South African Communist Party and has remained a part of its District leadership for many years.

She is passionate about cementing the linkages between the union and social/community movements, and has been a courageous advocate for gender equality. She remains deeply committed to grassroots activism and the struggle for a socialist society. She has one daughter and two grandchildren of whom she is extremely proud.