Gina resignation shows split in Numsa
Numsa President says he's resigning to send a message to members on the union's direction.
JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (Numsa) President Cedric Gina says he's resigning to send a message to union members that they must take notice of the direction the union is moving in.
Gina handed in his resignation on Monday and says it comes as it appears Numsa is preparing to leave the ANC-led alliance and possibly the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim has also been the most public champion of suspended Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.
Gina says he hopes the state of Numsa will be properly discussed at the federation's special congress next month.
He may be hoping that delegates there refuse to accept his resignation.
'DEFEND YOUR UNION'
At the same time, 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's only Numsa members who can make him change his mind.
"My letter goes to the structures of Numsa and they will consider my letter."
But he's cautious when asked if he's hoping members will refuse to accept his resignation during their conference next month.
"I hope it will be on the agenda of the congress, even if it's not about me, it must be about the direction Numsa must take."
Gina's resignation appears to be proof that Numsa is in fact divided on the issue of leaving the alliance.