Numsa accused of wanting to destabilise SA

Numsa says the document is part of a pattern of using intelligence forces to deal with legitimate campaigns.

FILE: Numsa says a report claiming to be an intelligence report is part of a pattern. Picture: Numsa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says a report claiming to be an intelligence document showing that it wants to destabilise the country, is part of a pattern of using intelligence forces to deal with legitimate campaigns.

The document, titled Exposed - Secret Regime Change Plot to Destabilise South Africa, features the names of Numsa officials and civil society leaders that have associated with the union's united front.

It also accuses Numsa of inviting experts to refine the so-called regime change plot at its international symposium on socialism held in Boksburg earlier this year

Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete says this letter comes after cars belonging to union officials were broken into and laptops stolen.

He also says people claiming to work for the State Security Agency have approached their members.

"We have shop stewards who have been approached by people who wanted to recruit them to report on Numsa's activities."

The metalworkers union says this is a sign of creeping authoritarianism.

At the same time, the new metalworkers union hoping to take Numsa's place in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), yesterday said it has already organised close to 10,000 members at 200 companies across the country.

The Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa) was officially registered with the Labour Department.

The union is headed by Numsa's former president Cedric Gcina.

Numsa was voted out of the Cosatu last month by 33 votes to 24 and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.

The union's establishment is seen as an attempt to replace Numsa within Cosatu to entice workers sympathetic to the African National Congress back to the federation.

Numsa has brushed off Limusa's formation but Gcina said they're making significant progress.