Numsa leaders take aim at Blade Nzimande, Sdumo Dlamini

2015-07-18 20:17
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim (Alet Pretorius)

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WATCH: Cosatu delayed Numsa, Vavi discussions during special congress

2015-07-15 15:15

Labour Analyst Terry Bell attended Cosatu's special national congress this week. He says the union managed to delay talks about the future of expelled Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi. Watch.WATCH

Leaders of expelled metal workers’ union Numsa aimed their guns at Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini and SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande as the union launched its shop steward elections in Johannesburg.

Numsa president Andrew Chirwa and general secretary Irvin Jim used the occasion to rubbish the Cosatu special national congress held earlier this week.

“If Numsa was present at that congress, Dlamini would no longer be president,” said Jim.

He added that the congress was an undemocratic farce that was executed by the Dlamini faction of Cosatu.

“Sdumo said the congress was a success. We don’t know if he was attending a conference in Europe or what,” said Chirwa.

The congress reached a stalemate of sorts on Monday when the credentials were debated for nine hours while the media were locked outside. Among the points of contention were the reinstatement of Numsa and expelled former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Eventually the matter was called to a vote which – despite significant opposition – took place through a show of hands and not a secret ballot.

Jim also lashed out at the SACP and the ANC saying that the alliance was now “run by the right-wing ANC and the likes of Blade Nzimande who is a communist by day and a capitalist by night”.

“What is still communist about the Communist Party really? It’s possible that there are genuine young communists who really want the party to contest state power. I would invite those comrades to unite with us and join the United Front. Blade wants business as usual.”

But it was Dlamini who incurred most of Numsa’s wrath.

“Sdumo was deployed to destroy the organisation. We can see the extent to which he is willing to go to please his masters,” said Jim.

Jim said that as leaders of Numsa they had done everything possible to reclaim Cosatu and had gone as far as approaching the courts to hold it accountable.

Now it was up to Numsa members to decide whether it was time to consider an alternative to the federation.
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