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‘Numsa wants to destroy the Alliance’

Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) wants the ANC to lose the election, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

“This cannot be done in the name of Cosatu,” Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters.

Bheki Ntshalintshali is the acting general secretary of trade union federation Cosatu. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

He said Numsa leadership was pursuing an agenda aimed at destroying the Cosatu, the African National Congress and the SA Communist Party.

This programme was aimed at ensuring Cosatu was weakened and was calculated to ensure the ANC lost the election, and that the SACP was also liquidated “so that all these formation can be replaced by the Numsa and its allies”, he said.

Ntshalintshali said that as long as Numsa was a Cosatu affiliate it had to abide by its constitution and policies.

At a special national congress in December, Numsa resolved that it would not support the ANC in the May 7 national election, and would also not fund the ANC's election campaign.

Cosatu is in an alliance with the ANC and the SACP.

Numsa has also called on Cosatu to break away from the alliance.

Sapa

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