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Missing Union leader found murdered

The Vice-chair of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) in the Eastern Cape Lizo Vakala

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The Vice-chair of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) in the Eastern Cape has been found dead.

Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge says 64-year-old Lizo Vakala's badly burnt body was found on Tuesday night in dense bushes close to the R334 and R335 crossing.

He says Vakala left his home on Saturday to take his car in for repairs in Kwazakhele.

Captain Beetge says he never returned home and his family reported him missing on Sunday.

He says Vakala's vehicle was found abandoned in Wells Estate on Monday morning.

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested and will appear in court soon.

The ANC's Gift Ngqondi says Vakala will be remembered as a loyal and forthright cadre of the movement who served the ANC with integrity and never wavered in his fight for social justice, having served in the ANC structures since the movement was unbanned in 1990

Vakala's family issued a brief statement on Facebook on Wednesday.