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Numsa: SA's democratic dream is dead

Numsa's Irvin Jim says the United Front’s task will be to coordinate struggles in the workplace.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says the democratic dream of South Africa is dead and its United Front will be the dawn of a new democracy.

The union is currently holding its people's assembly in Kempton Park.

It will launch the United Front early next year.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim says the majority of South Africans are imprisoned by the pathological violence of private accumulation and greed.

He said the United Front will lead the fight against neo-liberalism in order to rebuild South Africa into the country it can be.

"The United Front's task will be to coordinate struggles in the workplace."

Numsa slammed the media for labelling the movement a political party, saying the movement is about the struggle for socialism and not political affiliation, race or gender.

The assembly is due to wrap up this afternoon.

Among the delegation is former African National Congress Member of Parliament Ronnie Kasrils and various religious groups.

Numsa was voted out of the Congress of South African Trade Unions last month by 33 votes to 24 and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.

Eight of Numsa's allies in Cosatu subsequently refused to take part in the federation's meetings and have warned that if the metalworkers do not return to the fold, a mass walkout is on the cards.

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