Claimed assassination attempt on Numsa’s Jim

2012-07-13 05:53

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim had a scare last night when he was followed by a car with false number plates on his way back from the SACP conference near Richards Bay.

Sympathisers have even claimed that this was an assassination attempt, but the occupants of the car told Jim they mistook him for a KwaZulu-Natal mayor.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi last night tweeted that Jim was followed “to every other street as he tried to evade (the car) to the hotel”.

In a next tweet: “When confronted the occupants produced a false photocopied police ID & claimed to have mistaken him for a mayor yet they don’t know the name.

“Luckily Jim had protectors and a back-up car. The police tried to search for the car but no luck – the occupants were visibly armed.”

Jim this morning confirmed the incident, but said he would not lay a complaint with the police.

“It could have been an assassination attempt, it could have been intimidation. I don’t know,” he said.

This morning a police van was parked in front of the hotel where Jim is staying.

Jim’s Numsa received a lashing from SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande during the opening session of the conference yesterday.

Numsa is still openly opposed to Nzimande being both SACP head and higher education minister. Cosatu and the SACP had spoken about this and resolved not to disagree openly about it anymore.

Jim refused to comment yesterday shortly after the lashing, which happened before the gathering broke for lunch. “I will comment later,” he said.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the conference this morning after Nzimande endorsed his leadership yesterday.

Numsa has called for a change of ANC leadership.

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