Numsa breaks with ANC, calls for Zuma to quit

No sup­port for ANC in polls – Jim

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THE NA­TIONAL Union of Me­tal­work­ers of SA will not sup­port the ANC in next year’s elec­tions, gen­eral sec­re­tary Irvin Jim said yes­ter­day.

Numsa re­solved at its congress that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma must re­sign im­me­di­ately be­cause of cor­rup­tion and his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s poli­cies.

“As a coun­try, we have a re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence where the for­mer pres­i­dent ( Thabo Mbeki) was re­called for pur­su­ing neo-lib­eral poli­cies. The Zuma ad­min­is­tra­tion not only pur­sued neo-lib­er­al­ism, but it is char­ac­terised by scan­dals, nepo­tism, and pa­tron­age,” said Jim.

The union would also stop pay­ing con­tri­bu­tions to Cosatu and the SA Com­mu­nist Party, he told del­e­gates at the union’s spe­cial na­tional congress in Boks­burg, on the East Rand.

“Numsa will nei­ther en­dorse nor sup­port the ANC or any other po­lit­i­cal party in 2014,” Jim said.

Later yes­ter­day, ANCYL na­tional con­venor Mzwandile Masina claimed he had used the words “fork off ” and not “f… off ” in ref­er­ence to Jim dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing hosted by the Pro­gres­sive Youth Al­liance at Luthuli House in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Masina was crit­i­cis­ing Jim’s stance on the Cosatu, SA Com­mu­nity Party and ANC al­liance.

Jim had said the ANC con­tin­ued to un­der­mine the res­o­lu­tions made at its con­fer­ence in Polok­wane in 2007. One of th­ese was to make the Cosatu, SACP and ANC al­liance a strate­gic cen­tre of power.

“It has just passed an­ti­work­ing class law and poli­cies, such as e-tolls, the Em­ploy­ment Tax In­cen­tive Act… in­stead of ban­ning labour broking,” he said, ac­cus­ing the ANC of aban­don­ing the Free­dom Char­ter.

At the press con­fer­ence, Masina said: “Look, you see, our view is very clear. Irvin Jim must f… off if need be, as a per­son, be­cause he can’t want to drag struc­tures of the move­ment in­clud­ing Numsa in his non­sense.”

He fur­ther ac­cused Jim of hav­ing a per­sonal ven­detta against Zuma.

“It is time for him to f… off. He’s free to do so,” Masina said.

Later, the ANCYL tried to clar­ify Masina’s com­ments.

“The ANC Youth League notes the pub­lic dis­com­fort and outcry with re­gards to the pro­nounce­ment of ‘ fork- off ’ by ANCYL con­venor, com­rade Mzwandile Masina,” it said.

“What com­rade Masina said means Jim must ‘go a sep­a­rate way; leave’. It is not vul­gar lan­guage or a swear­word,” the state­ment said.

Ear­lier, Jim had said there was no guar­an­tee that, even if the ANC came up with a pro­gres­sive plat­form for 2014, that the man­i­festo would be im­ple­mented.

He called the al­liance dys­func­tional, and said it was in cri­sis, paral­ysed and dom­i­nated by in­fight­ing and fac­tion­al­ism.

“The al­liance op­er­ates only dur­ing elec­tion pe­ri­ods. It is used to rub­ber stamp neo-lib­eral poli­cies of the ANC… It is our ex­pe­ri­ence that the work­ing class is be­ing used by the leader of the al­liance as vot­ing fod­der.”

He said there was no chance of re­turn­ing the al­liance to what it was orig­i­nally formed for – to drive a rev­o­lu­tion­ary pro­gramme for fun­da­men­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the coun­try.

“The SACP lead­er­ship has be­come em­bed­ded in the state. and is fail­ing to act as the van­guard of the work­ing class.”

Jim said the SACP had been ab­sent in mass strug­gle, and had be­come an apol­o­gist for the gov­ern­ment. Numsa called on Cosatu to break away from the ANC-led al­liance.

“The time for look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive has ar­rived.”

Jim said that Numsa would lead a new united front to co­or­di­nate strug­gles in the work­place in a way sim­i­lar to the United Demo­cratic Front in the 1980s.

Numsa re­solved to ex­pand its scope of op­er­a­tion to in­clude se­cu­rity, trans­port, cater­ing, and health ser­vices.

He said Numsa, which claims to have 338 000 mem­bers, would in­ten­sify its re­cruit­ment drive. – Sapa


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F-WORD: ANCYL na­tional con­vener Mzwandile Masina

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