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Numsa warns against tripartite leaders

2011-10-30 22:48

Johannesburg - Numsa on Sunday cautioned against "factional defences" by some leaders within the ANC-led tripartite alliance at the expense of the poor.

"We need to guard against narrow nationalism and factional defences of individual leaders, at the expense of addressing the growing challenges of poverty [and] unemployment," the union said.

In a statement issued after its two-day national executive committee, Numsa said it was concerned with the reaction of working class formations - the SA Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) - in relation to the ANC Youth League's "economic freedom" march held last week.

Numsa slammed the "cheap political innuendoes" by some leaders within the alliance who believed the march was organised to undermine the ANC government and President Jacob Zuma's leadership.

Last week, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande urged members of the ANCYL not to participate "any march that will not make a difference" in their lives.

"We are not going to be supporting any march whose intention is malicious and is to undermine the authority of the ANC and the government," he said.

The ANCYL march took place on Thursday and Friday with demands which included the nationalisation of mines, the expropriation of land without compensation, the banning of labour brokers, free education and decent housing.

There was also conflicting statements ahead of the march by Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and its president, Sdumo Dlamini, on whether or not the union would join the march.

"Both Cosatu and SACP have a collective responsibility to lead working class struggles, and advance the centrality of the role of the working class leadership of the NDR [national democratic revolution] and the movement, including the leagues of the ANC," said Numsa.

Its NEC also discussed the nationalisation of strategic companies like Arcello Mittal, Sasol, banks, mines and all monopoly industries.

Numsa also wanted a state-led agricultural sector - in which people are employed and paid a living wage to cultivate the soil - as one of the mechanisms to defend existing jobs.

"The government must promote farming with more meaningful incentives and ensure access to productive land," the union said.

Comments
  • Atholl - 2011-10-31 00:14

    Marching is good exercise ... it improves circulation, cardiovascular function, vocal systems and hand-eye co-ordination. This is why marching marchers need a well deserved rest in a Second Land. The Second Land is always the mark of a well prepared warrior - After invading the First Land ... the good warrior leader will be motivated to invade the Second Land. ... tune in for the Wikiest Leak of the Weak - ...... we (all unemployed youth) must Invade Mauritius !! -- take their land - they are all French immigrants !

  • William - 2011-10-31 03:58

    Unions, yaaawwnn that have traded their members rights and representations to sit a the pig trough and gorge themsleves on our childrens futures. Now Winnie wants in too. Poeple died for our freedoms and the Alliance stamps on their corpses.

  • Koos - 2011-10-31 05:17

    "a state-led agricultural sector - in which people are employed and paid a living wage to cultivate the soil - as one of the mechanisms to defend existing jobs" "The government must promote farming with more meaningful incentives and ensure access to productive land," the union said. - Can you imagine!! It will not work. There will be a strike by the workers on the first day. And the "meaningful incentives" - sounds like a political incentive - vote for me and I "might" give you a job on a farm. The existing CULTURES will have to change 100% first - that will take longer than evolution. There is no hope.

  • Garth - 2011-10-31 06:57

    This arrogant fool with his 1920s ideology is part of the reason for the state of this continent's economic chaos. "The government must promote farming with more meaningful incentives and ensure access to productive land," the union said. `Incentives', `access to productive land': you useless idiots are going to steal the land from the last remaining `bread basket' in Africa and convert it into another `basket case'. Hard work anyone? `No thanks, I'm black - the world owes me a favour.'

  • Malcolm - 2011-10-31 07:14

    The whole "tri-apartheid" alliance has devious intentions. I cant stop wandering if this whole Malema saga has far deeper conitations than we could even begin to dream about. I cant stop wandering if Julius the young mongrel isn't working with the ANC & Jacob, as a huge smoke screen, to detract focus away from a far more sinister plot by the ANC & Tripartite alliance. Hopefully I am wrong, and there is truly huge rifts appearing in the alliance. Sadly the blindfolded majority will always be the losers.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-31 07:20

    You are a union, you know the organization that convinces the masses to pay monthly subscriptions so that your leadership can live like fat boy.Stay out of politics. The anc is capable of doing a bad job all on there own.

  • Malcolm - 2011-10-31 07:32

    Athol, I hear you. But then they should seize all the land owned by blacks in Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, America etc. The fact that they may have purchased the land in the first place should mean nothing, since they are simply not the right color to own land in these countries, as per Julius and his cronies opinion that whites are not entitled to African land by merit of color. We all know this is ludicrous logic, but not to Julius and co.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-10-31 09:02

    South Africa, the only country in the world where organised crime, like trade unions, actively co-operate with and are allied to government. but then again show me an honest Cadre and I'll show you someone who didn't understand the job description.

  • Vagav - 2011-11-01 07:53

    State-led Agricultural sector?? Sounds a bit like Mao Tse Tung's great leap forward... where 50 million people starved to death. (face-palm, head-shake, sigh)

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-02-26 00:02

    Mr Vavi and his ilk has had the run of the mill for far too long. I think it is time he stands back,in the interest of the country and the people in it, and let us carry on with business. After all, the business owners and rhe businesses they run, and the people they employ, are paying the taxes. Not Vavi. He should have no say at all.

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