Numsa: ANC rules with mandate from minority

2014-05-15 14:59

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The National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) central committee meeting took a dim view of the ANC’s performance in the recent national elections, saying the party’s performance in Gauteng and in the Nelson Mandela metro showed that it needed “alternatives to the failed policies of the ANC”.

It said the ANC’s celebration of the fact that its support did not dip below 60% was “misleading and completely fallacious”.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said the ANC was now ruling with a mandate from a minority of voters.

“While the ANC/SACP leadership will feel strengthened by this result, a deeper analysis presents something far more revealing than a short-lived celebration.

“Indeed, the ANC received 62.15% of the valid votes cast, but 64% of South Africans did not vote for the ANC.

“Combined, out of the potential and actually registered voters in South Africa today, analysis of election statistics confirms that the ANC has been, this year, elected into government by a mere 36% of those who are eligible to vote,” Jim said.

The Benoni meeting, which is due to conclude tomorrow, also discussed plans to form the united front, which it said was likely to contest the 2016 municipal elections.

Jim said they were in no hurry to get to Parliament, but would study the experiences of similar parties in Latin America before forging ahead with the plans to form the party.

However, he said Numsa would not be turned into a political party, as its critics the ANC have been alleging.

Numsa also said it would not pull out of the ANC’s intervention in Cosatu, despite being part of a lawsuit by unions that want to force the labour federation to hold a special congress.

Jim said the union had written to Cosatu and to ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa explaining this.

He rejected suggestions that the court case – seeking to compel Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini to convene a special national congress – was a rejection of the ANC’s intervention, saying it was merely about enforcing the implementation of Cosatu’s constitution.

The constitution requires that the federation’s president should convene the special congress once a threshold of a third of the federation’s affiliates call for it.

Ramaphosa had asked the warring factions in Cosatu to allow his mediation space and avoid public spats until he has reported back to them about his plans to broker peace.

The central executive committee of Cosatu is due to meet in two weeks, and Numsa says it is likely to be expelled then from Cosatu.

“The central committee is clear that the reactionary forces are determined in their campaign to expel Numsa from our federation, but we will remain resolute on our affiliation to a militant fighting Cosatu in the interest of working class unity,” Jim said.

The meeting also called on President Jacob Zuma to respond to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings on the state expenditure on his Nkandla homestead, and reiterated its call on Zuma to resign.

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