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Numsa launches scathing attack on NDP

The union said the National Development Plan will only appease white capitalist monopolies.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel's National Development Plan (NDP).

The union said the initiative hampered the progress made at the ANC's 2007 elective conference in Polokwane.

Numsa also dismissed the plan as a bid to appease white capitalist monopolies.

The union said government should instead implement the Freedom Charter if it was serious about creating jobs.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said the NDP would undo the gains the ANC alliance achieved over the years.

"All that emerged from Polokwane will be lost."

Jim said the plan would not narrow the gap between the rich and the poor and that only those who benefited from apartheid laud the initiative.

"If it is so nice for capitalists then they are happy, alongside right-wing political parties like the Democratic Alliance."

Numsa also called on the ANC to nationalise mines and banks so that more job opportunities could be created.