ANC concerned over Numsa comments
Johannesburg - The ruling party is concerned with the call by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Saturday for a change of leadership within the African National Congress.
"The position adopted by Numsa is tantamount to interference with the internal democratic processes of the ANC," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.
"The resolution by Numsa is not in line with respect of independence enjoyed by individual member organisations of the tripartite alliance."
He said the ANC respected the independence of its alliance partners and would not interfere in "the internal democratic processes that elect their leadership".
"The determination of the leadership of the ANC is the sole responsibility of the ANC branches and the leagues of the ANC that will be nominating for the national elective conference in December 2012," Mthembu said.
Numsa deputy secretary general Karl Cloete told reporters on Saturday that the current national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC should be replaced post-2012.
"They have not been able to drive the implementation of the Polokwane resolutions and therefore we are very clear that we will, in our branches of the ANC, make sure that this current ANC NEC does not return," Cloete said, according to SABC radio news.
"We are not making any apologies. We are very clear that the ANC NEC must change because the ANC NEC is the collective body that is entrusted with the policies of the African National Congress."