Numsa suspicious after 'honest mistake'

Numsa’s president has reacted with suspicion to claims that Jim's run-in was an honest mistake.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) President Cedric Gina has reacted with suspicion to claims that general secretary Irvin Jim's run-in with a suspicious group of armed men was nothing but an honest mistake.

Speaking to Eyewitness News , Jim said he was followed by a car with false number plates after leaving the South African Communist Party (SACP)'s conference at the University of Zululand on Thursday evening.

But since then, the SACP and the eThekwini Municipality have said the men were guards who were simply following the wrong car.

Gina said the incident was reported to the police.

"I don't understand why any political party would want to clarify things that are reported to the police. They [police] will tell us what they have investigated."

But on Saturday, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said security officials followed Jim's car believing it to be the mayor's vehicle.

"It was an honest mistake by comrades who are identifiable."

The mayor's office has confirmed that it was a mistake.