NUM warns Numsa to back off on SACP
THE National Union of Mineworkers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa seem to be on a collision course over SA Communist Party leaders who also hold government positions.
In a political report, presented yesterday by NUM general secretary Frans Baleni, the union effectively warns Numsa to back off and refrain from interfering in internal SACP affairs.
Numsa has supported a call that SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande and his deputy, Jeremy Cronin, step down from their government posts and return to the party full-time.
Nzimande is also Minister of Higher Education and Training while Cronin is Deputy Transport Minister.
Now the impasse has attracted the attention of NUM, who have come out in support of the SACP.
"This tendency has also sought to attack and isolate fellow revolutionaries for being active in both the ANC and the SACP," the report states.
"All of a sudden it has become a problem to be a leader in the SACP and ANC. All of a sudden it has become problematic to be a leader in the SACP and government."
Addressing what might be interpreted as Numsa interference in the leadership dynamics of the SACP, the union says: "The last issue the party within its structures should engage and resolve on pure organisational grounds is the question of the availability of SACP office bearers on a full-time basis on the provincial and national levels.
"This debate should be handled within the party structures."
The report warns labour federation Cosatu against being anti-government.
Cosatu recently emerged as the ANC and government's fiercest critic.
Cosatu's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi led a popular march against the e-tolls in March, in which he warned that Cosatu would intensify protest action against the government if it failed to scrap the tolls.
NUM's report says Cosatu should "avoid the dangers of masculine populism which sounds rhetorically militant but in actual fact isolates the movement".
NUM has also criticised the alliance for being "indecisive" even when partners had agreed on certain issues.
It also called on the ANC to vet its members and to introduce political education. - firstname.lastname@example.org