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Numsa lashes out at Mthethwa

Irvin Jim says the police ministry has taken the right to protest from the working class.

Irvin Jim says the police ministry has taken the right to protest from the working class.  Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has warned Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa that it will not tolerate any more killings of people by the police.

The union convened its second political school in Kempton Park on Sunday.

More than 150 shop stewards from across the country attended the school.

Numsa's Irvin Jim said the police ministry had taken the right to protest from the working class.

"One of the things we fought for with our blood was the right to protest, the right for our people to take to the streets when they are unhappy and it shall not be taken away by Mthethwa."

Furthermore, Numsa said it will not allow the working class in this country to be abused and the current alliance with the ANC and the South African Communist Party was not taking the union forward.

Jim added the ANC was not bothered about the working class in this country.

"That alliance is basically tying the working class behind the petty bourgeoisie with nothing that is in the interest of the working class."

Meanwhile, earlier this month Numsa said it had no problem being excluded from the ANC and its alliance partners' meetings.

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