Numsa calls for action
THE National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says the ANC leadership that will be elected in Mangaung in December should be "equal to the task" of implementing the Freedom Charter.
Numsa wants to see "strategic industries" nationalised - a view derived from the Free Charter, a 57-year-old ANC document.
The renewed call by one of Cosatu's most influential affiliates to nationalise industries is contained in a discussion document titled Numsa Political Economic Social and International Trajectory Post 2008, the union released yesterday ahead of its conference.
In the document the union does not comment on whether the current leadership is "equal to the task".
But the document point to an uneasy and inconsistent relationship between Numsa and the ANC.
Numsa accuses the ANC of not always taking pro-working class positions seriously.
"We are convinced that our principled defence of a pro-working class ANC does not always sit comfortably with some leaders in the ANC, even when such leaders actually come from and are members and leaders of the SA Communist Party," the document states.
It says nationalisation - through which the state takes over the ownership of private companies - would benefit workers and the poor.
"Numsa takes a very firm view that now is the time the country must move beyond the revolutionary reforms implemented since 1994, important as these may be, to placing the country (in a position) of translating the Freedom Charter into concrete deliverables on behalf of the people of South Africa."
Numsa says its relationship with SACP leaders has collapsed. This was sparked by Numsa's insistence that SACP leaders like Blade Nzimande be full-time in their positions.
Nzimande is Minister of Higher Education and Training.
In the document Numsa also raised concerns about the SACP leadership at national, province and district levels being in government, and not full-time in the party.
"Unfortunately our response booked us a ticket of being part of the new tendency. That is how the current leadership of the SACP views us," the document says.