A decision to form DEMAWUSA was made in May 2015 by many members across all South African provinces after a series of legal battle with the defunct SAMWU about the stolen monies of the union. over 176 shop-stewards were expelled and over 17 officials dismissed for raising questions about corruption and mismanagement of funds in that union. The same problems still haunts the same union today. DEMAWUSA was then formed on 26 September 2015 and launched on 27 September 2015 by all municipal workers across their political and ideological divide. The certificate of registration with the Department of Labour was issued on 24 January 2016.