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Jim: Manuel cheeky in departure

Irvin Jim says the working class will demonstrate how powerful they are in the upcoming elections.

Irvin Jim says the working class will demonstrate how powerful they are in the upcoming elections. Picture: Zikhona Miso/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union Mineworkers South Africa (Numsa)'s General Secretary Irvin Jim says he's not moved by Planning Minister Trevor Manuel's departure from politics, saying he has left behind a mess for the working class.

Jim told union members who marched for youth jobs in Johannesburg on Wednesday to watch out for what he called dangerous parties who pretended to care for them.

Picture: Sapa.

He said the working class would demonstrate just how powerful they were in the upcoming elections.

"Manuel is kissing bye-bye to the revolution today and he's very cheeky as he departs. He's not owning up to the fact that they have destroyed manufacturing and industrialisation in this country."

Meanwhile, Jim said he was suspicious of trade relations between South Africa and China, saying young people were missing out on job opportunities because they were given to the Chinese.

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

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