Numsa critical of NDP

Irvin Jim said the NDP will bring starvation into the country and it will rejects the plan.

FILE: umsa general secretary Irvin Jim speaks to reporters after a meeting of the trade union's central committee in Johannesburg, Thursday, 18 August 2011. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it can't remain silent on issues where it disagrees with the ANC in the run-up to the 2014 national election.

The Congress of South African Trade Union's (Cosatu) largest affiliate has reiterated it will not campaign for the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) saying these are policies of the opposition.

Numsa's Irvin Jim said the NDP will bring starvation into the country and it will not stop calling for the rejection of the plan.

Cosatu and the South African Communist Party have criticised some parts of the NDP but Numsa has been the most critical.

Jim said the ANC can't have a blank cheque and taking members to the elections next year.

"We need fundamental change and for us that change is about full implementation of the Freedom Charter and does that make Gwede Mantahse happy? We're not worried about how he views that."

He says the ruling party can't expect members not to criticise a movement with the crisis of poverty continuing.