Numsa suspicious of China/SA relations

Irvin Jim addressed thousands of Numsa members who gathered to march for youth jobs.

Irvin Jim addressed thousands Numsa members who gathered in Johannesburg to march for youth jobs. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa)'s general Secretary Irvin Jim said he's suspicious of trade relations between South Africa and China, saying young people are missing out on job opportunities because they are given to the Chinese.

Jim addressed thousands of union members and supporters who had gathered in Johannesburg to march for youth jobs.

The group handed over a memorandum to Nedlac and three government departments.

Numsa rejected government's Employment Tax Incentive Act, saying a minimum living wage needs to be implemented, labour brokers banned and decent job opportunities created for young people.

Jim also said the country's relationship with China is questionable.

"I have no proof of this, but they can take me to court and I'm suspicious that there's a brown envelope delivered to some individuals in a particular way."

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