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numBusinessLive reports that David Sipunzi, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), said on Tuesday that the push by the union for a Cyril Ramaphosa presidency would not compromise its stance on workers’ rights.  

The NUM was the first organisation among alliance and ANC structures to throw its weight behind Ramaphosa ahead of the ANC elective conference in December 2017.  Ramaphosa had been the first general secretary of the NUM.  But in the past six months, the NUM has taken on a decidedly anti-ANC stance, threatening to withdraw its support for the ANC in the 2019 election shortly when the government signed agreements with 27 independent power producers.  Noting that, as in any democracy, Ramaphosa was “mostly under the influence of business rather than the workers”, Sipunzi said that accordingly “we would fight him as we would fight anyone, even [Nelson] Mandela."  But the NUM’s stance has been interpreted differently in some ANC and Cosatu circles.  Insiders have alleged that Sipunzi is angling to shift the union out of Cosatu and into new federation Saftu.  Sipunzi has denied this, and the NUM issued a statement dismissing these reports as false.

  • Read this report by Natasha Marrian in full at BusinessLive

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