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‘New tax administration laws are an act of war by ANC govt’

Numsa has described President Jacob Zuma's decision as equal to privatising workers' money.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says its members consider the signing of new tax administration laws to be an "act of war" by the ANC government and they intend to stage a two-day strike demanding they be repealed.

Numsa has described President Jacob Zuma's decision as equal to privatising workers' money, which it says will be used to grow privately-owned companies.

The reforms have now made it impossible for a person to withdraw all the money they saved in a provident fund after retiring.

Numsa's Irvin Jim says they are shocked by the new provident fund laws.

"They regard this as an attack by the ANC and feel very strongly that they were sold out by the ANC."

Jim says ANC leaders are welcome to address Numsa members about the need for the change.

"We will be addressing mass general meetings and all of those from the ANC government who think they can convince workers on this question. We are calling imbizos and they must come."

He says workers will not back down.

"Our workers will demonstrate by their votes."

Congress of South African Trade Unions has also opposed the new legislation and met with the ANC this week to discuss how it will proceed.

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