The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) national executive
committee meeting yesterday saluted the ANC’s decisive victory in the local government
But, it also frowned at the ANC voting losses suffered in the Cape Town metropolitan
In its assessment of the role played by organized metalworkers in the recent local
government elections campaigns, NUMSA NEC also noted with dismay the challenges
that had emerged in the Western Cape, particularly in Cape Town.
NUMSA general secretary, Silumko Nondwangu said the manner in which the
Democratic Alliance ran its campaign and particularly the posters suggesting that “Take
back your city” sought to engender hatred and racism in the elections.
The outcome of the elections which saw DA scoring the highest votes was premised on
the racial polarization of the province, the NEC observed. “We do not view this outcome
therefore as an expression o the will of the people in the province but the exploitation of
the fears that existed and used during the campaign. A DA victory in Cape Town does
not represent a movement forward for the people of the city but a subtle entrenchment of
white racial privilege,” He also said in the statement.
The NEC condemned in strongest terms the tactics used by DA in the election in trying to
instill racial divisions amongst people. “We will work closely with Coast, ANC and
SACP in the province to develop an educational programmed on the demon of racism and
the need to fight against in all forms of manifestations,” he said.
This will be done, to ensure that the socio-economic transformation in the province is not
reversed and benefited the whole population and not the minority elite.
NUMSA is set to conduct a series of meetings and workshops in the province as part of
the labor contribution in order to deal with racial divisions caused within our
constituencies, the NEC further resolved.
“We noted that the ANC victory presents to the alliance momentous challenges with
regards to service delivery and accountability of councilors. We will impress upon the
ANC through the federation that it deals with issues raised by our people, in particular a
review of the list of process for future elections and the tensions caused by the re-
demarcation process,” the statement said.
ANC alone has the political commitment to deal with these socio-economic challenges in
the country and it should not fail people, including Merafong and other local authorities
in this regard.
The union also expressed confidence that the ANC had history of representing the
interests of the poor and working class and therefore has the political will to meet these
It decried, however conflicts and internal fights over leadership positions in the Western
Cape. The ANC general secretary Kgalema Motlanthe also buttressed NUMSA
sentiments in this regard when he observed that in many branches there were no
sustainable political programmes and community campaigns.
Motlanthe had earlier noted that some branches were conflict ridden and unstable because
they were fraught with fights over deployment of councilors, tendering and control of
The ANC and its alliance partners’ central challenge is to address the problems brought
about by susceptibility to moral decay occasioned by the struggle for control of and
access to resources.
For more information contact:
Mziwakhe Hlangani, NUMSA national information officer
Mobile: 083 7293374.
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