Numsa party ‘a mirage’ – ANC

Irvin Jim briefs media on the outcome of the NUMSA Central Council meeting at The Lakes in Benoni, 15 May 2014. Picture Neil McCartney

The ANC has warned the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) that its dream of contesting elections against the ruling party will remain a mirage.

At a central committee meeting in Benoni, Ekurhuleni, this week, Numsa gave the strongest indication yet that it would form a political party to contest the 2016 local government and 2019 general elections against the ANC. For now, the party would be referred to as the United Front. Its name would be finalised by March next year.

Numsa secretary-general Irvin Jim and his deputy, Karl Cloete, also directed their anger at the ANC and labour federation Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini. They took a dim view of the ANC’s performance in the recent elections and called for Dlamini to be suspended.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said yesterday the ANC was confident that Cosatu members would remain in the ANC, SACP and Cosatu tripartite alliance.

“Any political party formed out of the alliance will not succeed,” Khoza said.

“We will not engage with Numsa. Cosatu must deal with them.”

Khoza, however, said anybody had the right to form a political party.

Numsa, the largest Cosatu affiliate with more than 300 000 members, hit back saying the ANC leadership was in denial. They no longer enjoyed support among the poor and working class. “They retained power with a tiny majority of 36%,” Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese said.

“It is clear that the working class are seeking an alternative.”

Ngobese said the working class had lost hope that the ANC would take them to Jerusalem.



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