Numsa wary of aligning with EFF - report

2013-12-29 13:41
Numsa supporters. (Photo: file, Sapa)

Numsa supporters. (Photo: file, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Numsa, which has been openly critical of the ANC and President Jacob Zuma, has expressed wariness at aligning itself with the EFF, the Sunday Independent reported.

"Whatever his class position now, [Malema] has recently been a capitalist," National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim reportedly said.

Malema founded the Economic Freedom Fighters after being expelled as president of the African National Congress Youth League.

"While Numsa's position is a clear class position, the position of the EFF is not. The EFF is explicitly anti-capitalist, but it is not socialist," Jim was quoted as saying in his secretariat report.

Struggle against capitalism

"The organisation [EFF] is committed to a struggle against capitalism, but it does not clarify what kind of society it is struggling for."

According to the newspaper, Jim said it was "disturbing" that the EFF was marketed as a "working-class organisation", but had a leader who had been a "director of companies which do work for government on the basis of tenders".

This was relevant as it was EFF policy to rebuild the capacity of the state and do away with tenderpreneurs, he reportedly said.

Senior EFF leader, and former ANCYL spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu reportedly declined to comment to the Sunday Independent.

"I don't want to have those discussions in the media," he was reported to have told the newspaper.

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