Blade slates Numsa’s ‘dirty money’ and EFF ‘thieves’

2015-01-06 14:46

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SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande has accused the leadership of metalworkers union Numsa of using dirty money to launch their planned workers party.

In a no-holds-barred speech delivered at the Avalon cemetery in Soweto at the 20th commemoration of the death of his predecessor Joe Slovo, Nzimande said Numsa leaders were abusing workers’ investment funds to launch opposition movements to the ANC.

“Some of the money being used by the Numsa leadership clique is dirty money. It’s money they have taken from their investment in Dove Funerals.”

He said Numsa leadership were trying to mislead workers into parting ways with the ANC.

“The leadership clique of Numsa... It wants to be a union and a federation. It wants to be the ANC and the communist party.

We know that metalworkers are not in agreement with what the leadership clique is doing,” he said.

He also launched a blistering attack on the EFF, saying it had stolen workers’ colours and its leader Julius Malema had looted taxpayers’ money through illicit tenders.

Nzimande said it was ironic that the EFF was demanding that President Jacob Zuma pay back the money for Nkandla upgrades when their leader had stolen millions.

“In honour of Joe Slovo, let us expose and defeat all tenderpreneurs, including the thieves that owe Sars millions from stolen money and illicit tenders.

Some people sing in Parliament, they say ‘president pay back the money’. Julius must pay back the money, the millions he has stolen. That money... I want it for (financial aid scheme) NSFAS,” he said.

Nzimande said the EFF had not brought a single fresh idea to Parliament but thrived on anarchy.

He said the party had stolen the colours and attire of the working class and had inappropriately brought them to Parliament.

“Those renegades who were expelled from the ANC have stolen our colours. Those are not the colours of tenderpreneurs.”

He said it was an insult to workers for the EFF to wear gumboots and overalls to Parliament.

Meanwhile, the SACP leader challenged media houses to take responsibility for racist and sexist comments posted by people who respond to stories on their news websites.

“Media houses who have Internet platforms must take responsibility for what is written there by people who comment on stories. The hatred, the hate speech, the racism, the sexism that is in some of these... you can’t have a newspaper allowing something to be printed on the Internet which they won’t allow printed on their news pages.”

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