Numsa to lobby Cosatu to influence ANC leadership succession

2012-06-07 07:11

The National Union of Metalworkers is set to lobby Cosatu to pronounce on ANC leadership succession in September when the federation holds its elective conference.

The conference might take place before the ANC leadership succession debates open up ahead of the governing party’s elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Numsa delegates in Durban this afternoon resolved to take up ANC leadership succession after a lengthy debate.

The Eastern Cape and the Western Cape had initially pushed for a resolution that to not back the entire ANC national executive committee “as they have failed the working class in implementing the (2007) Polokwane resolutions”.

But some regions of the union argued that there should be a review of the current ANC leadership, saying while there was a need for a change in some leaders the ruling party needed continuity as well.

While others argued that it was not necessary to name who should remain and who should go, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said it would be necessary for the union to have names of preferred candidates when it approached Cosatu with the proposal.

“We don’t want names only. We want a policy agenda. In Mangaung we need a leadership that must lead,” Jim
said.

The debate comes a day after President Jacob Zuma encouraged the union membership to join the ANC and influence its decisions.

Eventually the Eastern Cape conceded that re-election must be based on performance of those who are deployed in ANC leadership positions.

The Ekurhuleni region unsuccessfully pushed for the retention of the current Cosatu policy of not commenting on ANC succession until it was official.

Numsa is the second biggest union in Cosatu by membership.

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