USA has military base in Eswatini - NUMSA
BY FORTUNE NDLANGAMANDLA
Na t i onal Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Secretary General (SG) Irvin Jim has made startling allegations that the country has the United States of America (USA) military base.
Jim was addressing NUMSA’s members on Friday during a march in Johannesburg. The unionists marched to call on the South African government to save state-owned enterprise (SOE), Denel.
“Clearly comrades there is an agenda to destroy the state, clearly comrades there is an agenda to turn our armed forces into an army of gumboots.
If you destroy Denel you put our country at risk, if you destroy Denel you make our country’s forces to be useless not to be in a position to defend our people. To destroy Denel it is to sell-out our country to imperial forces.
This march is to say away to imperialism away,” Jim explained.
He continued to say; “The United States of America got a base in Botswana, it got a base in Swaziland (now known as Eswatini) and it got a base all-over this continent. For strange reasons, for the past 12 years Denel has not been capitalised.”
Government Press Secretary Percy Simelane has come out to state that the Secretary General of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Irvin Jim was a prisoner of low cost politics.
He said this when asked to explain what may have led to NUMSA’s Jim to think that the United States of America has a military base.
Simelane responded by stating that; “Jim was a prisoner of low cost politics and can never be ashamed if lying to anyone in sight even to himself.”
He refuted the allegations, stating that the country was not aware of any American army base in the country.
“We have no reasons to think there is any. If there was, most people, including the media, would know its geographical location and perhaps see personnel attached to it. I doubt there would be any reason to hide it,” Simelane explained.
Simelane went on to add that the USA has army bases in many countries around the world and they are not hidden. He said recently, reports indicated that they have 100 bases in Japan alone.
On the other hand, when drawn to discuss the allegations, US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Joia Starks could not be reached as her phone was not available last night.
Also efforts to get assistance from Thandiswa Ginindza were also futile as she said she was not the Embassy’s mouthpiece and requested that a questionnaire should be sent so she can forward it to relevant stakeholders.
However, she made it clear that the Embassy can be in a position to give responses on Tuesday.
National Union of Metalworkers Secretary General Irvin Jim. of South Africa
HERE TO STAY: This sign has been here for sometime now along Mbabane/ Sandla road with the old telephone numbers. One wonders if it is still relevant.