Alert Numsa has thumb on 'spy games'
Numsa says the same kind of 'dirty intelligence tricks' used during apartheid, are being used on the union.
JOHANNESBURG - The State Security Ministry says it will consider meeting with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), after the union said a document, claiming it is trying to effect regime change, appeared as if it was written by intelligence agents.
Numsa has claimed that the document is part of a pattern where people critical of government find themselves followed, suffer break-ins and have their laptops stolen.
The department says it's going to try and hear Numsa's concerns about what the union has claimed is a strange pattern of events.
Numsa is also complaining to the Inspector-General of Intelligence, as it says people claiming to work for the State Security Agency have tried to turn some of its shop stewards into informers.
It also says these are the same kind of dirty tricks that were used during the apartheid regime.
However, Numsa also says nothing is going to stop it from its current path towards forming new political party, to take on the African National Congress.
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.