Alliance will be better off without Numsa, says Sadtu’s Maphila

2013-10-25 13:37

SA Democratic Teachers’ Union deputy president Lucas Maphila has thrown down the gauntlet, daring the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to leave the tripartite alliance.

Opening the union’s national general council at the Premier Hotel in Kempton Park on the East Rand, Maphila said the alliance would not lose sleep over Numsa’s departure. On the contrary, the alliance will be better off.

“Those who want to blackmail us with leaving the alliance must stop threatening the threats (sic) and go already. We will do just well without them; fewer, but better.”

Numsa’s general secretary, Irvin Jim, has said the union will in December host a special congress where it will make a decision on whether to stay in or leave labour federation Cosatu.

The fault lines in the tripartite alliance deepened in August after Cosatu suspended its general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, following his admission that he had had sex with a junior colleague at work.

Maphila said the union still believed in the alliance. “We still believe in the legitimacy of the alliance and know the correct channels to follow in registering our views. We thus want to reaffirm our support for the African National Congress as we move towards the 2014 national general elections.”

The decision to suspend the union’s president, Thobile Ntola, was not an easy one, he said.

An impression was being created that suspending senior officials was new, he added, saying previous leaders such as Willie Madisha had also been suspended.

Former secretary and now Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and the incumbent, Mugwena Maluleke, had also been investigated, he said.

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