Numsa: ANC election promises 'just words on a page'

2013-12-17 17:10

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Metalworkers' union Numsa has accused the ANC of not keeping its 2009 elections promises, saying these were "just words on a page".

The union is to decide at its special four-day conference, which started in Boksburg today, whether or not to campaign for the ANC, and if they're not campaigning for the ANC, who they would support.

In its secretariat report, due to be presented by general secretary Irvin Jim to Numsa's special conference this afternoon, the union did its own analysis of the seven key components of the ANC's 2009 elections manifesto.

According to the report, Cosatu's 2015 plan said the labour federation should compare the ANC's elections manifesto with what has actually happened.

"Cosatu failed to do this. We realised that if we also fail to do it we cannot expect to be anything except voting fodder for the ANC. So, with the resources available, we conducted our own analysis," according to the report.

Numsa's report found that "in the majority of cases the commitments of the manifesto had not been kept".

Numsa said the ANC failed to minimise job losses and strengthen the manufacturing sector, didn't create decent jobs as unemployment had gone up, education in rural areas was still lagging behind, health services were still inadequate while the land reform programme was still behind schedule.

"We have seen a long list of failures in the current ANC government to implement the promises of the 2009 manifesto. However progressive a manifesto may be, we must ask ourselves how long we can continue to support an organisation on the basis of a manifesto which is just words on a page," the report said.

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