Irvin Jim incident 'an honest mistake'

2012-07-14 16:30

Johannesburg - An incident of alleged intimidation against Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim was an "honest mistake", the office of eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said on Saturday.

"Those guards who followed Mr Jim were assigned to both the mayor and deputy mayor," Nxumalo's spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in a statement said Jim was followed by a "suspicious" car while leaving the University of Zululand on Thursday night. He was attending the SA Communist Party's 13th national congress.

Mofokeng said the deputy mayor was driven in an official car on Thursday, while Nxumalo took a car with Gauteng number plates.

"Mr Jim's car was very similar to the mayor's, so the guards followed it. It really was just an honest mistake."

'False registration'

Numsa said Jim's security personnel stopped the car and confronted the occupants.

"When confronted, the occupants of the other car claimed that they thought the car belonged to... the mayor," spokesperson Castro Ngobese said.

"Surprisingly they did not know the name of the mayor, and even worse they could not produce authentic SA Police Service identification cards. The cars had false registration plates and were heavily armed."

SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande said on Saturday that a group of legitimate security guards followed the wrong car.

He also accused the media of sensationalising the incident and portraying KwaZulu-Natal as a "killing ground".

'Not the first time'

Numsa president Cedric Gina said earlier that the "intimidation" could be related to Jim's views on nationalisation.

"This is not the first time that something like this happened to him," Gina said.

"Irvin Jim is the man who represents the positions of Numsa on various issues.

"Who knows where this group that intimidated him came from? Numsa's call for the nationalisation of mines is a call that makes all types of people angry. Some right-wing organisations might want to take the situation into their own hands."

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-07-14 16:41

    You can't fool all ppl @ all times. There are many thugs were hitman and hired assasins on the loose

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-15 15:42

      What is an honest mistake by definition?

  • Lonwabo C Mlawu - 2012-07-14 16:53

    Mistake? come on now. they trying hard to silence him coz he talks too much. i suspect the ugly communist. how can you be a bodyguard for someone u don't even know?

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-14 17:37

      SINISTER EVIL AND SCARY THINGS ARE DEVELOPING ALL THE TIME... maybe they just wanted to fill his gap?

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-14 16:58

    Sorry Jim, get used to it; you are a non-entity. You do not matter. Do not flatter yourself into thinking that you are worth assassinating. No one cares about your viewpoint. It is common knowledge that unions want nationalisation. You are not saying anything new. You are merely recycling the same old nonsense that unions and the ancyl have been saying for years.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-14 17:08

      It is called p-a-r-a-n-o-i-a. Everyone in government and the unions suffer from delusions of importance and therefore regard themselves under threat because of it.

  • asandangwane - 2012-07-14 17:16

    What abt the alleged false identification on number plates? plz provide indepth clearity.

  • willie.uys - 2012-07-14 17:20

    The cars had false registration plates and were heavily armed."

  • skhumbuzo.khalanga - 2012-07-14 17:55

    Who are they trying to fool this morons,they think we all stupid!

  • pws69 - 2012-07-14 18:05

    "an "honest mistake", the office of eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said on Saturday." "Numsa's call for the nationalisation of mines is a call that makes all types of people angry. Some right-wing organisations might want to take the situation into their own hands."" Huh? Now ANC Mayors are rightwing? Do these clowns even have one brain cell to share amongst themselves? And this is the LEADERSHIP talking. How stupid are the rest?

  • chanki.modise - 2012-07-14 20:19

    Let me get this one straight the car had i fake number plates the numsa president said he was targeted by a right wing movement.who is fooling who here

  • Armand - 2012-07-14 20:21

    Our Police! Cant remember the registration number of the vehicle they are suppose to follow or the person's name they are suppose to protect. And this is a specialized unit!!! What type of person do our Police recruit and employ nowadays???

  • Ditantane - 2012-07-14 21:15

    so who was gurding the mayor while these fools followed comrade Jim?

  • Lonwabo Lazaro - 2012-07-14 22:04

    Funny mistake hey?

  • Lonwabo Lazaro - 2012-07-14 22:29

    they dont know the name of the mayor! lovely

  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-15 01:31

    Unlicensed armed men, false number plates, following some one at night. Sound like an ANC hit squad to me. Really they did not know the car, registration and the Mayor and the Mayor's name? Sounds like apartheid to me. JZ is using the muscle from his links with KZN taxi mafia?? MORE ANC LEADERS HAVE BEEN KILLED BY THIER OWN FOR POWER AND ACCESS TO GOVERMENT RESOURCE THAN KILLED BY THE APARTHIED GOVERNMENT. Thats what the heavily armed men with no ID and in a car with false licence plates is for.

  • fezile.somraba - 2012-07-15 08:24

    it is very clear that this was just a set up.nzimande and the others knw this,they r trying 2 intimidate him.the number plate,police cards were is very true that they want 2 threaten numsa general secretary 4 articulating the views of the union.they will not succesed irvin jim is not a corwad

  • gerhard.mostert.92 - 2012-07-15 11:55

    Ass holes following another ass hole

  • max.reynecke - 2012-07-15 12:46

    I can't think of anyone that wants to kill this fool, they all look the same in any case so why protect the fools?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-07-15 12:48

    Nobody in the ANC- Alliance can claim to be safe anymore, as the greatest danger to personal safety is coming out of it's own ranks. Threats are abound, direct from the speakers podiums, as 'leaders' threaten party members to tow the line or else. (At least the majority of members are whispering their dissatisfaction about this type of message) It is those dancing under the shower head verses those dancing in the streets. It is an African Opera. DAH DuH DAh Daaaaaa!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-15 13:33

    Why does everybody need bodyguards? Jacob Zuma said South Africa is safe. Does he not speak the truth?

      dave.prinsloo - 2012-07-15 15:32

      he was speaking from experience - if you have 38 security guards surrounding you with the arms cache of the Boeremag - you are safe indeed. That's where the difference comes

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-07-15 15:29

    \Some right-wing\r\norganisations might want to take the situation into their own hands.\ Don't worry about the whities, china, worry about your own so-called comrades

  • Erna - 2012-07-15 15:36

    They all scared of each other. That's what you get when you have so many comrades to guard, you get confused!

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