NUM recommends ANC ‘track record’

Staff Writer | May 02, 2019
The mineworkers’ union says only the ANC ‘can be relied upon’ to take liberation forward.

The National Executive Committee of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has put its support firmly behind the African National Congress (ANC), labelling much of the opposition as people who are ‘masquerading as democrats’.

NUM general secretary David Sipunzi said in a statement: “The NEC is encouraging all South Africans to cast their votes on the 8th of May 2019. It is only the ANC that can be relied upon to take forward the liberation of this country. The ANC has a track record.”

Sipunzi dismissed at least some of the ANC’s opponents – though evidently excluding the Economic Freedom Fights (EFF), and others perhaps – by saying: “Since taking over from those who had the privilege to elect their own government and are now masquerading as democrats, who use the name of the very same Nelson Mandela who they had incarcerated for 27 years because to them he was a terrorist, to gain votes, the ANC has extended accessibility to basic necessities like running water and electricity to the poorest of the poor.”

The NUM, however, is not entirely happy with the ANC government.

In the same statement, Sipunzi said the NUM “still stands firm against the unbundling of Eskom”, complaining that “(n)o logic has been given to us as a stakeholder as to how the unbundling is going to turn around the loss-making entity”.

He said: “The government is still not clear on the possibility of job losses as well as privatisation of Eskom. Although we had a positive engagement with the President of the Republic of South Africa and the Minister of Public Enterprises, it is disturbing to observe how the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Finance are treating everybody’s concern with disdain.”

On the question of Independent Power Producers, the NUM called on the government “not to be only interested in introducing new power generating technology, but also in the reskilling of the current Eskom workers so that they can be absorbed into the envisaged clean energy technology, if indeed it is going to create more jobs as they claim”.


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