NUM supports Freedom Charter on nationalisation

2011-06-08 12:44

The National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) central committee backed the Freedom Charter’s clause on nationalisation today.

“The central committee (CC) fully supports the Freedom Charter clause on nationalisation as well as the ANC 2010 NGC resolution on the matter,” the union’s general secretary Frans Baleni said in Joburg today.

“The CC supported in particular the research and reference group mooted by the ANC which would culminate on a formal policy decision.”

The ANC resolved at its national general council to probe the viability of nationalisation and the state’s role in key sectors of the economy.

The party’s Youth League, led by its president Julius Malema, put nationalisation on the ruling party’s agenda at the its recent mid-term policy gathering.

The relevant section of the Freedom Charter reads: “The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole.”

The NUM noted the debate in Parliament over the contentious Protection of Information Bill.

“CC supports the need to have public information protected, but not [to] the detriment of... state information being available to the public,” Baleni said.

The union, a Cosatu affiliate, would engage with the federation to have a public campaign to reject attempts to give powers to individuals to classify information. 

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