Mandela warned us against ANC - Jim

2013-12-17 20:17
Numsa members. (Photo: file, Sapa)

Numsa members. (Photo: file, Sapa)

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Johanensburg - Metalworkers’ union Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said former president Nelson Mandela had warned the labour movement to be vigilant against betrayal by the ANC, City Press reported on Tuesday.

Jim quoted Mandela’s message to Cosatu’s special national congress in 1993, where he said: “If the ANC does not deliver the goods, you must do what you did to the apartheid regime.”

Jim said the union would be following Mandela’s advice when deciding on its road forward at its special conference, which started in Boksburg on Tuesday.

Delivering his secretariat report at a special four-day conference called by Numsa to decide whether it should remain in Cosatu, Jim said Mandela’s death marked “the end of a political era in our journey towards full liberation”.

“If we are to truthfully and fully honour Mandela and his comrades, his passing on must herald the birth of our renewed commitment to intensify the struggle for full economic sovereignty, for complete economic freedom of the working class and the rural poor,” he said.

He said Mandela’s passing should inspire the union to fight for the ideals he stood for. “Not to do so will be to betray him and his comrades,” he said.

Jim told a packed hall of cheering delegates on Tuesday afternoon that the conference was taking place soon after Mandela’s funeral on Sunday, and at a time when a “triple crisis is ravaging the working class”.

This triple crisis is unemployment, poverty and inequality.

The union is set to decide by Friday whether it wants to remain part of Cosatu.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  anc  |  numsa  |  nelson mandela  |  irvin jim  |  johannesburg  |  politics  |  labour

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