Social structures support Numsa

2013-12-23 00:00

THE plans by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) to establish a united front and a Movement for Socialism have been hailed as the right move to deepen democracy and fight the social injustices in the country.

So said social movements after Numsa held its special congress last week and decided to lead the establishment of a united front, similar to the United Democratic Front, and Movement for Socialism.

At its congress Numsa called for President Jacob Zuma to resign for having a government plagued by scandals, patronage and nepotism and pursuing neo-liberal policies.

It also decided to not support the electoral campaign of the ANC in 2014 and also decided to withhold levies paid to Cosatu — which indirectly benefit the ANC and SACP.

Yesterday, campaign movement Democracy from Below said it saluted Numsa for its courageous decisions.

“Those decisions are in the best interests of the country. They are to deepen democracy and transformative socio-economic justice,” Democracy from Below’s Mazibuko Jara said.

Jara also said the campaign movement fully supported Numsa’s call for Zuma’s resignation, saying he had damaged the country’s democracy and had failed in his office.

Democracy from Below had recently said all organisations of workers, the unemployed, the landless and homeless were key in the struggle for social justice and that unions should be at the forefront of such struggles.

Abahlali Basemjondolo’s S’bu Zikode said the move taken by Numsa was an important step for democracy.

“For a long time the ANC has not pushed the interest of the majority but [of] some individuals.”

Zikode also said the move would not only reduce the power of the ANC, but it would impact positively on the people of South Africa.

“While we may not move the ANC out of power, it can reduce its arrogance that undermines the hard-won democracy,” he said.

“If it [Numsa] breaks from ANC- alliance, it will weaken the ANC, help combat corruption and all forms of injustices used by the ANC to enrich themselves,” he said, adding that Abahlali Basemjondolo’s house development activities would be in the forefront in the proposed united front.

Ayanda Kota, of the Unemployed People’s Movement, said the workers had for far too long been at the receiving end due to some anti-worker policies.

“All the forces of the left have to come together not against the ANC, but the ruling class,” Kota said.

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