Numsa not contesting 2014 elections

Numsa confirmed that it won't form its new party in time to contest the 2014 elections.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says the claim that it is forming a political party to contest the 7 May elections is false.

But the metalworkers union says it will take a decision on forming a new working-class party next year.

There's been intense speculation that Numsa was going to form a new party after possibly leaving the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

But now, the union has confirmed that it won't form this new body in time to contest elections.

However, Numsa does appear to be confirming it will contest elections either during the local government polls in 2016 or in the next general elections in 2019.

This means it is likely to be taking on the African National Congress directly and will try to convince its supporters to cross sides.