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Numsa: Gina resignation a ploy

Senior union leaders say nothing can bring back Cedric Gina.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim speaks to reporters in Johannesburg on 18 August 2011. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cedric Gina's resignation is simply a political ploy, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s national leaders said on Tuesday.

At the same time, the country's largest union says Gina is now officially out of office and can't be reinstated in any way.

Gina sent his resignation to Numsa's structures late on Monday.

The union in December will hold a special conference to decide whether to withdraw its support for the ANC.

Gina had said he disagreed with the direction the 350,000-strong union was going in.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim says Gina is simply playing politics.

"The president wants to play victim so that in the special congress, workers come there and mobilise against this 'suddenly autocratic' Irvin Jim who's violent."

Jim hinted that Gina may not be acting alone.

"There are people out there both in the [South African] Communist Party and the ANC who are extremely worried about Numsa."

Deputy General Secretary Karl Cloete says Gina didn't tell national leaders he had resigned but instead sent his letter to Numsa structures.

"We suspect that this bizarre way of communicating his resignation may have to do with seeking either sympathy or mobilising the rank and file to bring divisions."

Cloete says nothing can bring Gina back.

"No individual in Numsa or constitutional structure or organ of Numsa can reinstate Cedric Gina as president."