FILE: Numsa secretary Irvin Jim said the leadership of Cosatu was manipulating who could attend a special national congress.
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC no longer supports the working class and can&39;t count on the votes of workers in next year’s elections, according to a rank and file member of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.
Andile Bloko spoke to eNCA on the sidelines of the union&39;s special congress.
Bloko said the ANC-led government exploited and abused workers, adding that the tripartite alliance no longer protects the interests of workers.
“The tripartite alliance is dead – it&39;s not functioning. It only functions when we are called, when people come to our factory and tell us to vote ANC. Before elections they come to our factories and address us. After elections they run away,” said Bloko, who is a factory worker at General Motors.
Bloko thinks policies incentivising youth employment, the de-industrialisation of the economy, and the alleged victimisation of suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi are proof enough that workers no longer have a home in the ANC.
“I think it&39;s high time that workers and the working people in this country begin to take a stand. We do not want to be led by people that are after money and business,” he said.
But there’s still no indication that this is the first move in founding a political formation to contest the elections.
“We put it to workers for them to discuss and give us a mandate. So we will be able to know that after the plenary has resolves on those particular questions,” said Numsa General Secretary Ivin Jim.