NUMSA’s Ivan Jimm alongside Karl Cloete on stage sing worker songs before the opening of the Special National Congress of NUMSA held at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on Tuesday. Picture: Timothy Bernard 17.12.2013

Johannesburg - The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) on Saturday described Numsa's final outcome of their special national congress as “underwhelming”.

“A trade union that confuses itself for the working class party is bound to commit this kind of political cowardice in its attempt at rebellion,” said Nehawu's general secretary Fikile Majola in a statement.

“It is no exaggeration to say that the final outcome of this union's special congress is underwhelming, amounting to no more than a spectacle of a public charade of militancy and a political bluff.”

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) had decided that it would not support the African National Congress in next year's elections.

On Friday, delegates at the union's special national congress in Boksburg, on the East Rand, were told that the union would also stop paying contributions to the Congress of SA Trade Unions and SA Communist Party.

Majola said Numsa should realise that they can give themselves good reviews without insulting anyone.

“We are seriously disturbed that Numsa is now threatening to march against our own federation.”

He said Nehawu and other affiliates would be left with no choice but to defend their federation.