NUMSA slams ANC, SACP over Madonsela attacks
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – THE tensions between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and members of the tripartite alliance have reared their ugly head again with the union slamming the ruling party and South African Communist Party’s (SACP) attacks on Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
The African National Congress (ANC) and SACP have in recent days criticised Madonsela’s handling of the “Nkandlagate”, a set of damning findings that earlier ths year established President Zuma and his family had unfairly benefited from state funds during “renovations” to his homestead.
A letter was recently leaked to the media in which the Public Protector
wrote to Zuma raising some concerns pertaining to his response that he
pays back some of the money.
NUMSA was critical of the ruling and communists’ parties’ response.
“The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has noted the sustained, savage and vicious attacks directed at the Public Protector
from the ANC and the SACP,” NUMSA General Secretary, Irvin Jim, said in a hard-hitting statement.
“The attacks have now assumed very dangerous conspiratorial connotations: that the Public Protector may have deliberately timed her letter to the President, and its leaking to the media, to coincide with the EFF’s (Economic Freedom Fighters’ legitimate demands for straight answers from the President in Parliament,” Jim slammed further.
EFF Members of Parliament last week demanded answers from the President, a move that ensued in disturbances in Parliament, culminating in its deferment.
NUMSA raised concern at the use of R246 million on the President’s
homesteaded amid a myriad of economic challenges the majority faced.
“There can be no better measure of the degree of rot, corruption and
complete loss of revolutionary morality in the ANC and the SACP..,” Jim
He hinted at mass action if Zuma did not comply with Madonsela’s order to
“Should the attacks on the Public Protector continue, and should the
President not indicate soon enough when the money will be paid, NUMSA
reserves the right to mobilise for mass action to compel the President to do what is right, what the progressive aspects of the Constitution and laws of South Africa demands of him.”
– CAJ News
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