Numsa backs Mantashe

2010-02-18 13:20

THE National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) publicly backed the

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe today after calls for his resignation by

the ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

“Mantashe is being singled out and targeted because he is a

communist,” Numsa general secretary Irvan Jim said, adding that Malema wanted

Mantashe to be replaced by the Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula.

“He (Malema) has taken an anti-Congress of SA Trade Unions and

anti-South African Communist Party posture, a stance that is unprovoked,” said


Cosatu and the SACP are the ANC’s alliance partners – the three

movements form what’s known as the tripartite alliance.

Jim further questioned President Jacob Zuma’s silence when his

party’s general secretary was being “attacked”.

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