ANC hits back at Numsa

The ANC says Numsa is wrong to claim that it has deviated from the Freedom Charter.

FILE: The ANC says Numsa is wrong to claim it has deviated from the Freedom Charter. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is wrong to claim that the party has deviated from the Freedom Charter and is now serving a wealthy black elite or white monopoly capital.

Yesterday, Numsa launched another stinging attack on the ruling party claiming that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is politically representing a tiny, wealthy portion of elite people.

The ANC says it doesn't want to respond comprehensively to Numsa's claims as it still wants to keep the organisation within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the tripartite alliance.

The party's Zizi Kodwa says, "Whatever they said in public we will work hard to make sure we include everybody within the fold of Cosatu."

Numsa said yesterday that it's still going ahead with its plan to help form a new socialist party that should come into being in December.

It also said it's now considering whether it will be a part of Cosatu's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting when it resumes next month.

Numsa Deputy General Secretary Karl Cloete said they're merely acting as a catalyst for a new party that will have a radical agenda.

"On the premise that it is meant to fight new liberal policies and the rapid implementation of the freedom charter."

In a long statement, Numsa used scathing language against its enemies in Cosatu saying "only a moron of a very special type wouldn't understand that the federations own resolution calls for it to create a worker's party."

Numsa said the current economic policies followed by the ANC and supported by most of Cosatu have created filthy rich black and African tiny middle class, politically represented by Ramaphosa.

Cloete said they're also asking for legal help on whether Cosatu's CEC meeting was legal.

He said they may not attend the meeting when it resumes next month.

If Numsa does decide to boycott the CEC meeting, Cosatu could just decide to expel it immediately.