Numsa: SAIRR hostile towards ANC
Johannesburg - A survey claiming that the ANC was losing support in the country was a clear sign that the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) had taken a hostile stance against the political party in favour of the Democratic Alliance.
This is according to a National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in a statement on Wednesday.
"The survey is detached from electoral and political realities, as evidenced by recent victories in by-elections by the ANC in most parts of the country," Numsa spokesperson Irvin Jim said.
"The question that SAIRR should answer publicly is for whose class interests and agenda are these surveys being done?," Jim said.
A survey by the SAIRR on Tuesday showed that the ANC had lost 38 wards in local government elections over the last four years, compared to the DA's loss of 5 wards.
Jim called the survey claims "reactionary", saying that SAIRR should declare itself as an intellectual think-tank of the DA.
"Our people know the gains that they have made in their respective municipalities or localities under the control of the ANC," he said.
"As Numsa we are proud of the sterling work done by the ANC at various municipalities."
Jim said their shopstewards and members would be working tirelessly to secure an overwhelming ANC victory in the upcoming local government elections in May.