DA joins Numsa on Zuma resignation

The DA’s Mmusi Maimane says Zuma’s reign is failing South Africa.

FILE: The Democratic Alliance on Saturday 21 December agreed with Numsa's call for president Jacob Zuma to resign. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has agreed with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) which earlier this week called for President Jacob Zuma to step down as president.

Numsa wrapped up its special congress meeting on Friday saying Zuma must resign.

The union cited the introduction of e-tolls on Gauteng's highways and the more than R200 million spent on upgrading his Nkandla homestead as the reasons for Zuma to resign.

Numsa's call for president Jacob Zuma to resign forms part of several resolutions reached at its four-day congress in Boksburg.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane says Zuma's reign is failing South Africa.

"It's not a function of even just agreeing with Numsa, it's a function of saying that the gains that South Africa made under former presidents are being undone under this current president."

During the congress, Numsa general-secretary Irvin Jim said the fact that Zuma forged ahead with the Employment Incentive Act, e-tolls and the upgrades to his Nkadla R200 million residence cannot be tolerated.

It says all hopes of reclaiming the alliance have faded and that time has come to explore alternatives.

The union also called on Cosatu to withdraw from the tripartite alliance.

Numsa is threatening to withhold an R800,000 per month affiliation fee to the trade union until a special congress is convened.

Meanwhile, workers' union Nehawu has called on trade union federation Cosatu to act against Numsa, insisting it is undermining the federation's standing decisions.

Nehawu says the outcome of Numsa's special congress has demonstrated that the union disrespects the resolutions made by the trade union federation.

Spokesperson Sizwe Phamla says, "They've acted outside of the mandate and the structures of the federation and they've used every platform available to them to undermine the federation."

Phamla says they've also noted Numsa's threats to poach members affiliated with Cosatu.

"They have leadership that is trying at all costs to drag members of Numsa kicking and screaming outside of the federation."

Nehawu has urged the leadership of Cosatu to act decisively against the leaders of Numsa.