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NDP might prevent Numsa from backing ANC

It’s unclear whether Numsa will throw its weight behind the ANC’s election campaign.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The inclusion of the National Development Plan (NDP) in the African National Congress (ANC)'s 2014 election manifesto will determine whether South Africa's biggest union throws its weight behind the ruling party in the run up to the polls.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which boasts a membership of 320,000 has once again slammed the NDP and has encouraged the party to listen to concerns raised by alliance partners.

The union's President Cedric Gcina says despite these concerns being raised at the alliance summit, it seems the matter has been swept under the carpet.

But Gcina doesn't believe their views are being completely ignored.

"There may have been comments responding to what was said and us responding to what had been said but we think it's the nature of politics an engagement."