Numsa not fazed by exclusion

The union has recently been excluded from the ANC and its alliance partners’ meetings.

FILE: The union has recently been excluded from the ANC and its alliance partners’ meetings. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it has no problem being excluded from the ANC and its alliance partners' meetings.

At its special congress held last month, the Congress Of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s largest union resolved, it does not recognise the ANC as its mother body.

The Sunday Independent is reporting that Numsa leaders were excluded from a top Costau delegation that met with the ANC and South African Communist Party (Sacp) this week.

The union's Mphumzi Maqungo says they do not agree on several issues regarding e-tolls and the National Development Plan.

"If they've decided to exclude us we don't have a problem. But we know we are still within the fold of the federation. We're still within our democratic right as an organisation because we are an affiliate of Cosatu which is an independent organization."

During Numsa's special congress last month, there was speculation that the union had already decided on forming a political party to take on the ANC, but it said it was merely assessing the feasibility of such a move, with newly-elected president Andrew Chirwa saying they're considering various options.

However, the union also revealed it was conducting research about whether a worker's party would be viable in South Africa.

Relations haven't been the same between Numsa and its affiliates since the union called on President Jacob Zuma to resign, citing irreconcilable differences regarding the e-tolls, the Employment Incentive Act and the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.