United Front vows to be ‘vanguard of the working class’

The body intends playing a unifying role in communities.

The new interim committee of the United Front on 14 December 2014. Picture: Twitter via @DuncanJane.

JOHANNESBURG - The United Front says it will be the vanguard of the working class, uniting the struggles of the marginalised next year.

The umbrella body launched its declaration in a people's assembly, convened by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) in Kempton Park at the weekend.

The assembly hosted delegates from various workers unions and civic organisations to discuss the purpose of the United Front, which is due to be launched in April next year.

The United Front says it will play a unifying role for the communities, mobilising against poverty and inequality, which it says is the fault of the African National Congress (ANC).

Delegates from the around the country joined forces at theweekend, united by their struggle against capitalism.

Described as the baby of Numsa, the United Front says it will fill the missing leaders for the working class.

Member and academic Noor Nieftagodien says, "The United Front is a front of mass action and struggle."

An interim committee was also elected, including Numsa president Andrew Chirwa and former ANC Member of Parliament Ronnie Kasrils.