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Numsa: Manuel, Mboweni created a mess

Irvin Jim blames SA's economic instability on two decades of anti-working class policies.

FILE: Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) General Secretary Irvin Jim has blamed economic instability in South Africa on what he says has been two decades of anti-working class policies from government.

Jim was speaking on the second day of an international symposium of left political parties and movements hosted by the union in Benoni. The symposium is being attended by delegates from countries such as Brazil, South Korea, Germany, Nigeria, Egypt and Ghana.

Jim has presented a review of the effects of South Africa's post democratic economic policies.

He says the reason why investors have become hesitant to come to South Africa is not because of labour problems but rather the policies implemented by the post-apartheid administration.

Jim says former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel and former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni had created a failing situation.

"They want to lie and conceal and refuse to take responsibility for their mess. Where is Trevor Manuel? Where is Tito Mboweni? They are living luxurious lives, this is a mess."

The symposium is being held as a precursor to Numsa forming its movement for socialism which is expected to contest for power in the next general elections.

Jim says the union will send representatives to other developing nations to study how socialist policies are implemented.

He says the formalities surrounding Numsa's United Front will be announced in March.