WHAT TO MAKE OF NUMSA’s POLITICAL ADVENTURISM

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WHAT TO MAKE OF NUMSA’s POLITICAL ADVENTURISM

On 23 January 1983, during a conference attended by civil associations, churches, trade unions and student organizations, Rev. Allan Boesak called for the formation of a “united front” against the oppressive Apartheid regime. This clarion call would be the seed from which the United Democratic Front (UDF) would grow. As a vehicle for activism, the UDF, powered largely by the unions, soon began to undermine the National Party and sought to make the land ungovernable. This culminated in the 1988 conviction of 19 UDF members for plotting to overthrow the government.

This week saw the historic announcement by the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) that they plan to form a political party. For NUMSA, a 338,000 member strong union and close historic ally of the Congress of Trade Unions (COSATU) and the African National Congress (ANC), to form a “United Front and Movement…

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