The National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) remain resolute in their criticism of President Jacob Zuma’s ANC government and says the party has only shed votes since 1994. Speaking to the media on Thursday, the union is still saying ‘if’ they start a workers’ party they’ll contest elections. But the ‘if’ looks like only a matter of ‘when’.
With plans to potentially establish a political party and contest future elections, Numsa’s been crunching voter numbers. “Indeed the ANC received 62.15% of the valid votes cast, but 64% of South Africans DID NOT vote for the ANC,” read the union’s statement after a meeting of its central committee meeting this week. The 64% figure reflects the number of eligible voters who didn’t register or registered and didn’t vote ANC. The slow decline of ANC support shows there’s an opening in the political spectrum on the left, said the union.
For now, Numsa’s United Front, set up after a special congress resolution in December, is a collective of organisations seeking to unite the working class. Asked whether it’s going to be a political party, union’s general secretary Irvin Jim responded, “I’d say logically yes. The bottom line is that,…
Source : Daily Maverick