First Deputy General Secretary
Cde Rankele Msinto
Cde Lawrence Rankele Msinto is born in the Free State in a small town called Odendaalsrus. He grew up in the farming area in the vicinity of Welkom and Odendaalsrus. He attended his primary school at Marobe Primary at Kutlwanong in Odendaalsrus and proceeded to Rearabetswe Senior Secondary school where he matriculated in 1990. He joined the South African Police Services in 1994 and he immediately joined POPCRU after realising the challenges of racism and the brutal system of apartheid during that time and a year later he was elected a shopsteward. After completing his basic training he was placed at a small station in Viljoesnsdrift SAPS in the former Area North and later transferred to Thabong in Welkom where he worked most of his career as a Community Policing Officer.
In 1998 Cde, Msinto was elected as a branch treasurer of POPCRU in the then Northern Free State. The played a pivotal role in establishing the structures of POPCRU in institutions and ensured that the membership is growing and remain united under those difficult times. In 2005 Cde, Msinto was one of the first FTSS to be released emanating from implementation of the SSSBC Agreement 3/2005 and he was placed in the then Northern Free State Area Management offices. He became the Secretary of the Local of POPCRU in the former Area Northern Free State from 2004 until he was co-opted the acting Provincial Secretary in 2006 and confirmed in the electoral congress of 2007. During his tenure as a Fulltime Shopsteward and Provincial Secretary, he led POPCRU in various negotiation chambers such as SSSBC, PSCBC and Regional Labour Forums. His negotiations skills were further sharpened through development in the following areas
SSSBC Negotiations Course,
SSSBC Joint Labour relations Training Programme,
GPSSBC Introduction to Labour Relations,
Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure,
Substantive Law and
Para Legal Course on disciplinary matters.
His main test, which he passed with distinction, was to secure the reinstatement of 326 dismissed members of G4S in 2014 which emanated from an unprotected strike. He has been active in the progressive structures such as the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Union in the Free State Province since 1996. His role in the progressive structures didn’t go unnoticed when he was elected into Free State COSATU Political Commission in which he served since 2013 to date. He has been elected as the Regional Deputy Chairperson of ANC in Lejweleputswa region from 2012 to date. His involvement in the Lejweleputswa Region has seen stability and the community beginning to recognise progress made by the Local Government in bettering their life. Cde. Msinto tertiary qualification includes a computer certificate and certificate in Project Management, with the University of Pretoria and Advanced Labour Law with the University of Free State and he is currently pursuing post graduate in Labour Law.