Numsa hits back at rival metalworkers’ union


Numsa in Nelson Mandela Bay has hit back at new rival metalworkers’ union Limusa, saying it is led by lost souls and blind loyalists of the ANC.

The Liberated Metalworkers’ Union of SA (Limusa), formed by former Numsa leaders, hopes to make serious inroads in the Eastern Cape motor sector, which is traditionally a Numsa stronghold.

Led by former Numsa president Cedric Gina, Limusa said some Numsa members were unhappy with the direction the union had taken under general secretary Irvin Jim.

Last week, Limusa provincial organiser Mncedisi Papu and national spokesman Mawonga Madolo alleged Numsa shop stewards never received a mandate from workers to establish a workers’ party to contest next year’s municipal elections.

Papu is a former Bay Numsa organiser while Madolo is a former Numsa shop steward at Mercedes-Benz in East London.

Yesterday, Numsa regional secretary Phumzile Nodongwe said: “Papu was a very useless organiser because the members that are unhappy are workers he was supposed to service.

“It was a blessing in disguise for him to leave. He resigned while we were going to investigate him for using Numsa resources for this project of theirs called Limusa.

“Madolo is a lost soul because he left the ANC and SACP to join COPE. They do not know whether they are coming or going. These people are blind loyalists to the ANC,” he said.

Nodongwe denied workers were not consulted before it was decided not to support the ANC in last year’s election and to form the United Front.

-Mkhululi Ndamase

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