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Cedric Gina: I was being undermined

The Numsa president resigned to send a message to members on the union's direction.

Cedric Gina resigned as president of Numsa on 25 November. Picture: numsa.org.za

JOHANNESBURG - Cedric Gina says he resigned as president of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) because he felt he was being undermined by certain members of the union's management.

Gina stepped down yesterday and is now awaiting a response from Numsa's structures.

His resignation comes as it appears Numsa is preparing to leave the tripartite alliance and possibly the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Gina says he disagrees with some of the union's decisions.

"I think that as a president, my duty and role is being undermined and I therefore have no choice but to submit a letter of resignation after more than 20 years of service to Numsa."

'DEFEND YOUR UNION'

Gina says he hopes his resignation will be a wake-up call for the union's members and make them stand up and defend their union.

Numsa is holding a special congress next month to discuss withdrawing its support for the ANC.

Gina says it is only Numsa members who can make him change his mind.

"My letter goes to the structures of Numsa and they will consider it."

Gina's resignation appears to be proof that Numsa is in fact divided on the issue of leaving the alliance.

It seems he is at loggerheads with Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim over the union's possible move away from the ANC-led tripartite alliance.

Earlier on Monday, Gina told Eyewitness News that if Numsa left the alliance and Cosatu, he would reconsider his position there.

He also said the move was not properly discussed with members.