Numsa: SAIRR hostile towards ANC

2011-01-26 22:00

Johannesburg - A survey claiming that the ANC was losing support in the country was a clear sign that the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) had taken a hostile stance against the political party in favour of the Democratic Alliance.

This is according to a National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in a statement on Wednesday.

"The survey is detached from electoral and political realities, as evidenced by recent victories in by-elections by the ANC in most parts of the country," Numsa spokesperson Irvin Jim said.

"The question that SAIRR should answer publicly is for whose class interests and agenda are these surveys being done?," Jim said.

A survey by the SAIRR on Tuesday showed that the ANC had lost 38 wards in local government elections over the last four years, compared to the DA's loss of 5 wards.

Jim called the survey claims "reactionary", saying that SAIRR should declare itself as an intellectual think-tank of the DA.

"Our people know the gains that they have made in their respective municipalities or localities under the control of the ANC," he said.

"As Numsa we are proud of the sterling work done by the ANC at various municipalities."

Jim said their shopstewards and members would be working tirelessly to secure an overwhelming ANC victory in the upcoming local government elections in May.

  • lldoidge - 2011-01-26 22:37

    So, the news doesn't suit NUMSA and now they are hostile. What a bunch of juvaniles!

      Digit - 2011-01-27 11:45

      I wonder where in the SA constitution, institutions like the SAIRR are obliged to pout blindly ruling party propaganda ?? To my knowledge, the SAIRR is simply a govt subsidised body designed to monitor race relations for SA ...... This does, however, leave me thinking about this possibility ...... Should the DA win the next elections, what would the ANC and its allies do ? Resume the armed struggle ? Will they resume mass action and political unrest ? Will they resume economic attrition against the new ruling party ?

  • Sonicboom - 2011-01-26 22:40

    "sterling work done by the ANC at various municipalities", ....sure!

  • Sage - 2011-01-26 22:41

    It seems the truth hurts. If, as the SAIRR says, the ANC has lost 88 wards and the DA 5, that is a fact which can easily be corroborated with the assistance of the IEC, and by implication have lost support. There is no rocket science here. No matter how Numsa try to couch the inconvenient truth the facts remain the facts. Numsa's comments are blatantly misleading and merely add credence to the notion that Numsa is a contemptious entity trying to feather its own nest under the eves of the crumbling ANC mud hut.

  • Ian - 2011-01-26 22:47

    Don't you think the "shopstewards.... to secure an overwhelming victory" souds a bit like intimidation?

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-26 23:00

    Eish NUMSA, da survey is to your liking not, so you do spit out the dummy one time and blame eveyting but da ANC's poor performance. Jim, don't be like Malema and blame the whole wide world and all dat. If you think the ANC is doing sterling work, i would hate to see how you measure failure.

  • Ogre - 2011-01-26 23:03

    Even when facts researched by probably the oldest national multiracial orginasation in South Africa stares the ANC faithfull in the face, the first reaction is to rubbish the facts as "reactionary". Jim, rather use the information to learn from to find out why the support has decreased and make the necessary changes to regain the support, or is it just easier to stick your head in the sand?

  • emile.marais - 2011-01-27 03:50

    Communist make me sick. Go die in a hole somwhere NUMSA...

  • Zion - 2011-01-27 07:03

    After a hefty 16/17 years at the helm it looks like the Great ANC is now crying in its beer (sorry whiskey) Ag shame, How can the SAIRR turn against them and all those tratorous wards turning their backs on the victorious struggle. Just what is happening to the propaganda machine: even the Great SABC is getting its voice of the people trimmed. Racist pigs and reactionaries belong in jail.

  • - 2011-01-27 07:17

    Are NUMSA fat cats worried that they are also going to lose membership and not get their fat cat salaries, therefore must be hostile toward any adverse critisism

  • HAggardGnome - 2011-01-27 07:42

    Well now, if it was a CREDIBLE organisation making those claims, then we could sit up and take notice, but I will go back to my cup of coffee now! You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see that the ANC is "screwing the pooch" in a big way and that cadre deployment is biting them in the bum. This is why the Western Cape is the only province to be given a big "Thumbs Up" by the Auditor General. Viva DA Viva!

  • maloya - 2011-01-27 08:24

    Hayi suka they are being a bunch of cry babies!!!! They must deliver and the results will be more to their liking. "be the change you want to see".I fear the problem is that people are entering politics to enrich themselves.

  • sewsexy - 2011-01-27 08:25

    Go cry me a river NUMSA - shame !!!!

  • Warren - 2011-01-27 08:26

    In the days of apartheid the ANC loved everything that the SAIRR said. Now that the SAIRR is sometimes critical of the ANC, all of a sudden the SAIRR becomes a hostile reactionary organisation.

  • Warren - 2011-01-27 08:30

    Numsa are "proud of the sterling work done by the ANC at various municipalities." Numsa do not see reality staring it in the face. Most of the ANC run municipalities are useless, incompetent and corrupt and are in chaos.

  • franklyhectic - 2011-01-27 08:47

    hehe ahem it's the people of SA who are developing a hostile approach to our increasingly arrogant and people-hostile Tripartheid govt...

  • maseratifitt - 2011-01-27 08:47

    "Jim said their shopstewards and members would be working tirelessly to secure an overwhelming ANC victory in the upcoming local government elections" Now what kind of "work" would this be ? The only time the ANC works, is the few weeks before elections. That is why they are losing. The people aren't all stupid.

  • thomas.gosling1 - 2011-01-27 08:57

    I was going to write a constructive comment, but these people are so very thick, I'm not going to bother.

      garriga - 2011-01-27 10:29

      Around the wastline, yes.

  • GBES - 2011-01-27 09:00

    The SAIIR shows the ANC losing wards,and Monday the other survey showed things have improved a lot for black people.Its so obvious one of them are lying.If the ANC did such sterling work,why are people losing faith in them?

  • Johan - 2011-01-27 09:19

    Dear Irvin Jim. Please enlighten us about the "so called" Sterling job of the ANC. As far as memory serves me, there are about 1/3 rd of municipalities under administration. And they can't even sort out the mess. Please pull your head out of the sand and stop partying with the ANC buddies in order to sober up and see for yourself what is actually going on. I recon you have a bout of "reactionary" in your head.

      garriga - 2011-01-27 10:28

      They did a sterling job, sir: in screwing up everything that doesn't look or smell like money!

  • cancer1983 - 2011-01-27 09:29

    I never realised that the role of a shop steward was canvass for political parties...

  • garriga - 2011-01-27 10:25

    BLAH-BLAH-BLAH-BLAH Whatever, sore losers. The ruling party is gonna be rudely awakened by the nation, while the unions like it when people keep their heads stuck in the sand. Prepare the whip-@$$!

  • JadedJay - 2011-01-27 10:35

    The stupidity of ANC officials and their strategically aligned partners, is absolutely mindblowing. In the face of facts, concrete facts, they will boldly lie and bring up racism, even with SAIRR of all. Can someone please find a way to do away with them all?

  • EchoTango - 2011-01-27 12:09

    How is it possible for study results to be "reactionary"? If anything Numsa are the ones being reactionary. The ANC also loves to use that term so I assume that Numsa are just trying to emulate their puppet masters.

  • Kenko - 2011-01-27 12:34

    I'm learning something new every day. I never knew shit came in sterling too.

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