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NUM must take the lead - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has called on union NUM to rise to the challenge of leadership

SA President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN

KEMPTON PARK - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) needs to reclaim its place as a leading movement, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

He was speaking at the union's four-day conference in Kempton Park on Gauteng's East Rand.

NUM is seen as one of Zuma's crucial constituencies.

"This union took the decision and influenced the direction of the majority of workers in this country. That time has come back. Other unions may be looking up to you to give leadership."

Zuma said NUM also needs to make sure that its leaders are represented in the ANC.

He said the union must play a crucial rule in the tripartite alliance and officials must work harder to encourage social cohesion.

"We cannot have some communities believing they are superior to others because that will not achieve meaningful transformation or reconciliation."

Most of the delegates at the conference stood up to show their support for Zuma.