South Africa 4.6.2015 08:53 am

ANC has lost its revolutionary potential – NUM

FILE PICTURE: Young ANC supporter Omolimo Vinger (12) awaits the arrival of ANC leaders. Picture: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Felix

FILE PICTURE: Young ANC supporter Omolimo Vinger (12) awaits the arrival of ANC leaders. Picture: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Felix

One of South Africa’s largest gold sector unions says there was a notion that the ANC had lost its revolution potential.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), in its secretariat report prepared for its national congress underway in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, says the ANC had been captured by “nascent” corrupt elite.

“The direction that this country should take is highly contested,” the secretariat report said.

“Some on the left believe that post-apartheid South Africa has reached a tipping point into a narrow capitalism system governed by the ANC.”

The report suggests that the right-wing seeks to maintain historical privilege and is joined by the “new rich” to resist drastic reform.

“Economic power still lies in the hands of a white minority both local and international,” the report said.

“The dominance of capitalists on the global scale reinforces the tendency of capitalist control in the local economy.

“A tiny black bourgeoisie has joined corporate South Africa but white people still retain major control of listed and unlisted firms.”

In the 186-page document shown to The Citizen, the secretariat report detailed how the persistence of poverty, inequality and unemployment shows that the country has not overcome the systemic features that are the causes of these problems.

“It is against this background that the current administration of the ANC talks about radical economic transformation to change the patterns of economic development,”the report said.

“We need to be bold and abandon policies that entrenches the power of white capital.”

NUM, which is facing competition from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), has lost about 100 000 members over the last few years.

According to the document, the union remains strong in the mining sector despite reduced membership.

The document states that the current offensive against labour federation Cosatu appears to be a manifestation of some level of collusion between some trade unions and capital.

“The intention is to create an implosion of worker’s organs of popular power so as to weaken the bargaining command of the working class in South Africa,”the report said.

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the congress today.

– ngwakom@citizen.co.za

 

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