Johannesburg -

The National Union of Metal Workers of SA has described the National Development Plan developed by the National Planning Commission as a document which builds illusion.

“We see... that the NDP in its proposals on how to eradicate poverty, unemployment and inequalities in South Africa simply builds an illusion,” said Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim on Sunday.

Numsa said it agreed with Cosatu's critique of the NDP Ä which was that the diagnostic report failed to locate the country's challenges within their historic “causative factors”.

“The NPC diagnostic admitted that it diagnosed symptoms and failed to get to the underlying causes,” said Jim.

He said the NDP made fundamental errors by ignoring the crucial fact of “colonialism of a special type”, which was the origin of poverty, unemployment and extreme inequality.

“The NDP should simply have dusted off the Freedom Charter and demanded its full implementation,” he said. - Sapa