Comrade Basil Cele is currently the first deputy president of NUMSA and a shop steward of Smiths manufacturing, he started working at Smiths manufacturing in 1979 and was elected as Numsa shop steward in n1984.

He was later elected as Numsa local vice chairperson where he served for 3 years 1986-1989, then became the local chairperson in the year 1989. 1996-1999 he was elected as regional treasure then 1999-2013 he was elected as regional chairperson while serving NUMSA he was also elected COSATU KZN Provincial deputy chairperson in 2009.

In 2010-2012 he was elected as COSATU KZN Provincial chairperson and in 2013 was elected as second deputy president.

He also served as KZN motor sector bargaining representative from 1996-2002, then became the president of the council where he occupied the position on rotational basis from 2002 until 2016.