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Numsa scrutinises Mangaung resolutions

Numsa has publicly denounced the ANC's adoption of the National Development Plan.

Irvin Jim shares a moment with Sdumo Dlamini inside South Gauteng High court. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Sunday said mass general branch meetings by its members across the country this weekend will analyse the resolutions of the ANC's Mangaung Conference and how the union should respond.

Numsa has publicly denounced the ANC's adoption of the National Development Plan, describing it as right wing and a threat to alleviating poverty and unemployment.

The union's 320,000 members are meeting this weekend in preparation for its special congress in December.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said various options need to be explored.

"What do we do in light of the fact that we're confronted with our own movement the ANC adopting and pushing right wing new liberal policies that we completely reject because they maintain the dominance of white monopoly capital?"

On Saturday the union said the mass meetings were also to reflect on the recent strike action in the automotive industry as well as the threat from rival unions.

Jim said trade union federation Cosatu was also expected to be a major topic of discussion.

"The current challenges that confront the federation [Cosatu] will be debated and that includes how we deal with those deepening divisions that exist in the federation."