NUM must take political stand, says Zuma

2012-05-23 17:05

Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) must play a role in South Africa's politics, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

"Workers cannot be spectators," he told the NUM national congress in Kempton Park.

He said some people believed workers should not concern themselves with politics, but only with factory conditions. However, workers were affected by state institutions such as the police and courts.

"That says workers therefore cannot sit back and not influence the politics that shape the state."

He was welcomed by a sea of delegates dressed in red and singing "uZuma, my president".

NUM members had to be represented at all levels of the ANC and not see the party as something separate to them. Zuma said the ANC was a broad church.

"It depends who influences it at a given time."

Workers should be part of the leadership to "balance the thinking in the ANC".

The NUM is the main constituent of the Congress of SA Trade Unions, which is part of the tripartite alliance, along with the ANC and the SA Communist Party.

  • CliveK - 2012-05-23 17:14

    In other words, do whatever it takes to get me re-elected.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-23 18:17

      Corrupted goverment, F@ck you and etolls

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-05-23 18:26

      They are playing a political role Zuma. They vote - one man one vote, remember that?

      Sharon - 2012-06-17 20:18

      they have they support the commies

  • Surfing - 2012-05-23 17:20

    So union committees will get kickbacks if they tell their members to vote anc.

      Themba - 2012-05-23 17:46

      who do you they vote now

      Peter - 2012-05-23 17:56

      @Themba - well i dont think it matters but they should really think twice now before they vote for any party, especially after the whole Aurora Mine incident, those poor guys suffered BIG TIME!

  • neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-23 17:22

    Mr Zuma maybe you must also play a role in SA politics and sort out your corrupt goverment from the top to the bottom please

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-05-23 17:36


  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-05-23 17:43

    They should set the agenda to fully influence the policy decisions.....they should swell the ranks of the ANC in all levels to set that agenda. Viva tripartite alliance viva.....

  • Bennie - 2012-05-23 17:48

    The wheel is turning but the hamster died long ago !!!!

  • onlineivan - 2012-05-23 18:09

    NOW is the time to focus on what we have in common. NOW is the time to share our gifts with each other. NOW is the time to listen to real people instead of the media. NOW is the time, the chance, our moment to be freeā€¦ and that can only be true if we are all together. There are no differences between us, only diversity. There is no Us and Them. There is only one as it has and always will be,. We only have the choice of realizing Unity or the Illusion of separation. We are one. NOW more than ever before.

  • neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-23 18:10

    SA Must definatly get another president to lead this country Zuma is to weak the people has no respect for him because of his past please step down you are incompetent

  • Leonard Mokgotlhwe - 2012-05-23 18:12

    NUM must forget about politics concentrate on recruiting members .look at what is happening at IMPALA mine loosing members Big time

  • tobydt - 2012-05-23 18:13

    Jacob is busy licking nads in preparation for manguang.

  • Zahir - 2012-05-23 18:29

    Zuma beg for support for a second term no time to fix the country many problems

  • Cuanita - 2012-05-23 19:35

    He (the President) is a spectator in everything that goes on in the country. I guess he needs some leadership...

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-24 06:54

    The unions are already part of government through Cosatu, how much more political must they get? Are they going to get more power should they vote ANC and ensure Zuma is re-elected?

  • Alf - 2012-06-15 16:27

    I find it hilarious that Zuma, who never takes any decision, wants to tell NUM to take a political stand. Comparing the ANC to a church is a bit thick coming from a polygamist! I agree on the broad part in particulart when you consider his wives' sizes!

  • Winifred - 2012-06-15 18:36

    This is what you get when you have a president that only cares about getting a second term. He can already see that it is getting increasingly hard to keep these idiots in the place now he is inviting them to help him run the country. God, what next. Zuma, the people are already voting are you buying the unions now. Please, Please somebody tell me who is running this country. Zuma goes to Zimbabwe to kiss bobs a-se now he is kissing the unions a-rse. Eish toooooo much to handle. Cant wait for next year and just maybe we will get a proper president because this one is up everybody's a-se

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