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Newly elected NUM leadership cements resolutions

The leadership has wasted no time in pledging its support to the ANC for the 2016 Local Government Elections.

NUM members at the 15th National Congress on 5 June 2015. Picture: Twitter via @NUM_Media.

JOHANNESBURG - The newly elected leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at the weekend said it will waste no time in implementing the resolutions taken at its congress last week, among them pledging support for the African National Congress (ANC) in the Local Government Elections next year.

The resolutions also include fighting calls for the privatisation of Eskom and affirming support for the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from the Congress of South African Trade Uninons (Cosatu) and the axing of General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

NUM President Piet Matosa says the NUM Congress also called on government to stabilise public institutions such as the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

"What we're saying is that there have been a lot of resignations and suspensions in state utilities, so we're saying the president or our government should be able to provide leadership."

It's been reported new General Secretary David Sipunzi is leading a faction that is unhappy with the ousting of Vavi and has called for a revision on this.

Meanwhile, Vavi at the weekend said the new leadership must prioritise unity with the union as well unity in the federation of the trade unions.

The former Cosatu General Secretary said he has had ties with the new leadership in the past.

"I am from the union that has ties with everybody. Literally everyone in that union knows me as their shop steward. I have ties with everybody, including Sipunzi."

He said the leadership has already told him that there cannot be unity in the trade unions without Numsa.

"In their view, there can be no unity in the federation without Numsa, they are spot on. How do you claim can achieve unity when you lock workers out?"

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