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Numsa could expand to other industries

South Africa’s largest union could broaden its scope of recruitment to several other industries.

Zwelinzima Vavi with Numsa leadership at its special congress on 18 December 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) now seems set to broaden its scope of recruitment to several other industries.

This follows a controversial speech by the union's general secretary Irvin Jim.

Speaking to delegates at Numsa's special congress in Boksburg, Jim says the union plans to welcome workers from all industries after the summit.

"We are no longer going to reject any worker that comes to Numsa," he told the cheering crowd.

But this matter must still be decided in commissions due to meet later on Wednesday.

Numsa is meeting to decide its future within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and to deliberate Zwelinzima Vavi's suspension from the trade union federation.

Jim is busy wrapping up his secretariat report.

Earlier in the day, the country's largest union lashed out at the ANC.

It said the ruling party had "no revolutionary nationalism" and had adopted a programme that favoured "black and African elite".

Jim said clear conditions needed to be set for the ANC before it received support from Numsa.

"They must ban labour brokers, do away with the NDP [National Development Plan] , it must implement the Freedom Charter and stop tolling public roads."

The general secretary added the ANC was not leading the working class.

"It has pursued a programme of black and African elite incorporation into the racist, colonial South African economy."

Jim also commented on the establishment of new political parties and touched on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

He says the R208 million refurbishment proved a small elite were the beneficiaries of the liberation struggle.