Irvin Jim incident 'an honest mistake'

2012-07-14 16:30
An incident of alleged intimidation against Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim was an "honest mistake", the office of eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo says.(File, Sapa)

An incident of alleged intimidation against Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim was an "honest mistake", the office of eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo says.(File, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - An incident of alleged intimidation against Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim was an "honest mistake", the office of eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said on Saturday.

"Those guards who followed Mr Jim were assigned to both the mayor and deputy mayor," Nxumalo's spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in a statement said Jim was followed by a "suspicious" car while leaving the University of Zululand on Thursday night. He was attending the SA Communist Party's 13th national congress.

Mofokeng said the deputy mayor was driven in an official car on Thursday, while Nxumalo took a car with Gauteng number plates.

"Mr Jim's car was very similar to the mayor's, so the guards followed it. It really was just an honest mistake."

'False registration'

Numsa said Jim's security personnel stopped the car and confronted the occupants.

"When confronted, the occupants of the other car claimed that they thought the car belonged to... the mayor," spokesperson Castro Ngobese said.

"Surprisingly they did not know the name of the mayor, and even worse they could not produce authentic SA Police Service identification cards. The cars had false registration plates and were heavily armed."

SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande said on Saturday that a group of legitimate security guards followed the wrong car.

He also accused the media of sensationalising the incident and portraying KwaZulu-Natal as a "killing ground".

'Not the first time'

Numsa president Cedric Gina said earlier that the "intimidation" could be related to Jim's views on nationalisation.

"This is not the first time that something like this happened to him," Gina said.

"Irvin Jim is the man who represents the positions of Numsa on various issues.

"Who knows where this group that intimidated him came from? Numsa's call for the nationalisation of mines is a call that makes all types of people angry. Some right-wing organisations might want to take the situation into their own hands."

- SAPA
Read more on:    numsa  |  irvin jim  |  james nxumalo  |  blade nzimande  |  politics
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
24 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.