Numsa resolution: Zuma must resign

2013-12-20 13:11

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Metalworkers’ union Numsa has called on President Jacob Zuma to resign with immediate effect.

Delegates at the fourth and final day of the union’s conference in Boksburg clapped and cheered when general secretary Irvin Jim read this resolution, saying: “Zuma must resign”.

According to the resolution he must resign “with immediate effect because of his administration’s pursuit of neoliberal policies such as the National Development Plan (NDP), e-tolls, labour brokers, the youth wage subsidy, and the track record of his administration, which is steeped in corruption, patronage and nepotism”.

Jim added that former president Thabo Mbeki was recalled for “pursuing neoliberal policies”.

He added: “The Zuma administration not only pursues neoliberalism but is characterised by scandal, nepotism and patronage.”

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report has the potential to destroy Zuma’s image “and send a negative image about this country,” Jim said.

Delegates made noises of disappointment when Jim said Zuma signed the youth wage subsidy into law as they were sitting in their conference.

Numsa, in its resolutions, also expressed displeasure about government trying to “squash the truth” about the security upgrades at Zuma’s Nkandla home.

It said the Nkandla scandal wasn’t an isolated incident, but cited the landing by a plane chartered by the Guptas at Waterkloof earlier this year as another scandal.

“President Zuma’s administration continues to be characterised by a lack if transparency and attempts to hide the workings of the state from the public,” according to the resolutions.

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