The National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) says it is disgusted by Cosatu’s decision to support Cyril Ramaphosa as the next president of the ANC. The Union said that the Vice President is just like Zuma and is unfit to be President

“An ANC government led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will be no better than the one led by Jacob Zuma. It will do nothing to stop corruption and the looting of the country’s wealth, which is not confined to a few crony capitalists and their political friends, but which is entrenched in the whole corrupt capitalist system,” says Irvin Jim – Numsa’s general secretary.

The union further argued that Mr Ramaphosa has consistently attacked working class interests to benefit the capitalist class of which he has become a member.

“He was party to a negotiated settlement with white monopoly capital which left the economy owned and controlled by the very same capitalist class.

“Worst of all, as a director of Lonmin, he was directly implicated in the massacre of 34 Marikana workers who demanded a living wage of R12 500. “By now announcing a national minimum wage of R3 500, he is spitting on the graves of those workers who suffered exploitation until the oppressive agents of the capitalist state took their lives,” Numsa added.

“It is high time that Cosatu and its affiliates, in particular members who are super-exploited by the capitalist class in South Africa, who are victims of mass poverty, mass unemployment and huge inequalities as a result of ANC and DA neo-liberal policies, wake up and accept that enough is enough,” .