S Africa – mining union targets nationalization and land reform at coming conference

Mail and Guardian

Numsa head Irvin Jim

Ahead of the ANC policy conference, Cosatu’s second-largest affiliate is flexing its muscles – calling for nationalisation and radical land reform.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim wants the union’s national conference in Durban this week to discuss the review of the South African Constitution, including changes to the property clause, seen by some within the ANC-led alliance as an impediment to social and economic transformation in the country.

“It [the property clause] must be dumped so that we can take back the land and key strategic sectors of the economy without compensation and in our view it’s time for a thorough [return to] national democratic revolution that takes the class alliance led by the ANC back to its true revolutionary character,” said the firebrand unionist at a rally in Durban on Sunday.

The Numsa conference, which begins on Monday in Durban, will be addressed by alliance leaders including president Jacob Zuma, Cosatu deputy president James Tyotyo, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will not address the conference, as he had already addressed the union’s 25th anniversary rally on Sunday, where he also called for radical policy changes, including nationalisation mines and land redistribution.  Read more…

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