Numsa: ‘The alliance died a long time ago’

2013-11-25 00:00

THE tripartite alliance died a long time ago.

This sentiment was expressed on Saturday at the National union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) met in Durban on Saturday for a special regional congress.

Numsa also said it wants it members to vote for any political party of their choice in the upcoming general elections.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, regional chairperson Basil Cele said: “Numsa will campaign for any party and workers to vote for any political party”.

Cele said the special regional congress also resolved that the ANC-led tripartite alliance was no longer intact.

“There is no alliance. It died a long time ago. At the special regional congress we resolved to push for the alliance and if that fails we should leave the alliance as Cosatu.”

Speaking at the special regional congress on Saturday, Cele told the delegates workers could not allow to be used as “voting cattle” while policies and their implementation were reserved for one alliance partner.

“Any vote for the ANC should be conditional or alternatively, the working class and the poor should consider other avenues of taking our struggles forward outside the alliance,” he said in his address.

The Numsa KZN resolutions came after they boycotted Cosatu-organised marches against e-tolls, labour brokers and the youth wage subsidy earlier this month.

A Sunday newspaper reported that Numsa leaders are considering forming either a civic movement or a new political party, as well as considering forming a labour federation to compete against Cosatu.

This comes against the backdrop of Numsa withdrawing its budget to fund ANC election campaign for 2014 and Cosatu leadership announcing last week it was to be subjected to an investigation as divisions in the labour federation widened since general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was suspended in August.

Last week Cosatu decided to convene a special congress, which was demanded by Numsa and other affiliates, next year.

Regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane said Cosatu’s decision to investigate Cosatu was intended to instill fear in Numsa as there was nothing to investigate.

Also speaking at the congress, Vavi said the special congress was intended to defend and advance the social and radical tradition and trajectories of Cosatu, as well as implementing the programme agreed to by the labour federation earlier this year.

“In that congress we want to impose the real Cosatu we have known for all our lives,” he said.

“You can win short-term battles, but the real war will be won by the revolutionary forces who fight for real change in South Africa.”

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