Nzimande hits back at Numsa media comments

2012-06-05 00:00

SA COMMUNIST Party (SACP) boss Blade Nzimande has urged the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to refrain from criticising the decisions of the communist party in public.

The SACP and Numsa have not seen eye to eye on many issues, including the nationalisation of mines and the party’s decision to allow Nzimande to serve full-time in government as the Minister of Higher Education.

He said the SACP “has not taken kindly to Numsa consistently questioning SACP decisions through the media”.

“If we have issues with your decisions we will at all times raise them internally with you and not through bourgeois media and in public platforms.

“As the SACP we cannot [and should not] behave as if we are custodians of Numsa’s internal organisational decisions as the SACP,” he said, adding that his party would also respect, and would not publicly disagree with them.

The two organisations ran the risk of straining their relationship if they did not respect protocols, he said.

He reminded the delegates that Cosatu and the SACP were not the same thing, even though they had fought common battles in the past.

At the start of Nzimande’s speech, delegates shouted at him to denounce e-tolling on Gauteng’s freeways.

He later said it had been wrong of government to follow the e-tolling model in funding the R20 billion public infrastructure programme, but said some of the people who had taken the decision had since joined Cope.

Numsa is holding its five-day elective national conference in Durban. Today its 967 delegates will elect leaders on behalf of its 295 983 members.

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