Numsa: ANC has failed the nation

Irvin Jim says Numsa will continue fighting for water, houses, employment and safety.

Irvin Jim says Numsa will continue fighting for water, houses, employment and safety in communities. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has slammed the ANC, saying it has failed the nation.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim addressed the Cape Town Press Club on Tuesday on how the country is doing 20 years into democracy.

It's likely Numsa will officially be expelled from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) as the union has been backing suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

The battle lines have been drawn as Jim reiterated how disillusioned he is with the ANC and Cosatu as little has changed for majority of South Africans.

"What we secured in 1994 was empty political power without economic power."

He says two decades after democracy, millions of South Africans are still grappling with the triple crisis of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

"I never thought that it could be difficult for the ANC to dilly dally about pursuing a simple thing such as the full implementation of the Freedom Charter."

Jim adds his union will continue fighting for water, houses, employment and safety in communities.