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Numsa: Working class faces struggle

Union leaders and former ministers squared off at the Daily Maverick’s The Gathering.

Numsa leader Irvin Jim. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The role of the working class in South Africa's economy and moral value systems have been debated by union leaders and former ministers at an election debate in Johannesburg.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) leader Irvin Jim and former cabinet minister Jay Naidoo have both spoken out against the situation of the working class at the Daily Maverick's annual event.

Representatives of the ANC and opposition parties, as well as trade union leaders and non-government organisations (NGOs), squared off on issues of national importance.

Jim spoke at length about the struggles faced by South Africa's working class.

He said leaders in government and the private sector had been colluding to suppress those generating wealth.

Meanwhile, Naidoo said South Africa needed moral regeneration, which would prompt government employees to serve with integrity.

Both have also stressed that accountability shouldn't be negotiable.

Jim said nationalising banks, mines and transport would give power to the majority.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele also spoke at the event.