June was born in Durban, Natal and was a Labour Activist,
trade unionist and lecturer who studied at Ruskin College in the 1980s. June was
a leading member of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
She first became active in the Natal Trade Union movement after
working at the Frame Group Textile Plant as a weaver. Through her Trade Union
activism June became involved in organising the Durban workers’ strikes between
January and March 1973. In September 1973 Nala was elected to the executive of
National Union of Textile Workers (NUTW) and just three months later, because
of this, she was fired from her role at Afritex.
In 1975 June was elected secretary of the Natal Benefit Fund
and in March of the following year she was charged with instigating strikes at
the Natal Cotton and Woollen Mills. In May she was arrested and detained,
alongside Obed Zuma who was also part of NUTW and was only released in December
that year when the charges of instigation were dropped. After her release she
was the first black woman to be made the General Secretary of the Metal and
Allied Workers Union (MAWU) which was established in 1973. Between the years 1989
and 1993 June was a lecturer of sociology at the University of Natal, working closely
with the Trade Union Movement and helping to establish the Workers College.
June’s daughter is a current Ruskin student on the MA Global
Labour and Social Change.