Numsa prepares to march against corruption

Numsa has described corruption an assault on the socio-economic rights listed in the constitution.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - As National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) prepares for its anti-corruption marches, Zwelinzima Vavi has told union members to take a stand against corrupt governance which he says is robbing them of economic independence.

Numsa has described corruption an assault on the socio-economic rights listed in the constitution.

Vavi was speaking on Saturday at a meeting for the unions Johannesburg region.

He says because of corruption, vast economic inequalities continue to plague South African society.

Vavi has told members that their struggle against corruption is a step towards undoing the injustices of the past.

"Corruption takes resources that we should use to build a better country for all."

In less than two weeks, the union will be joined by representatives from hundreds of organisations as they march to the union buildings and parliament.

Numsa is demanding that corruption in both the public and private sectors be addressed.

On 30 September representatives from more than 100 organisations will march to Parliament and the Union Buildings to demand a report on all organs of state that don't comply with legislation.

The metalworkers union, which will lead the marches, will demand that all state entities to procure local goods and services.

Numsa has described corruption as an assault on socio-economic rights.


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has barred all of its affiliates from taking part in this month's Unite Against Corruption march because the action is being organised by Numsa and Vavi.

Cosatu says it does not believe the march is against corruption but instead a platform from which Vavi and Numsa will launch a new trade union federation.

Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini said, "It is not a march against corruption. It is simply people who are trying to form a federation which will oppose Cosatu. That is why Cosatu unions cannot be party to that agenda."

The march is being supported by more than 200 civil society groups as well as Federation of Unions of South Africa and the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu).

Nactu President Joseph Maqhekeni said corruption is rife within unions and it is important for them to take part.