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Chaotic Numsa national congress spawns new leadership

On Wednesday night, delegates to the event – which is seen by some as taking place in defiance of a court ban – nominated longtime general secretary Irvin Jim and others without opposition.

FILE: Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Photo: @Numsa/Facebook

CAPE TOWN – The National Congress of metalworkers’ union Numsa – marred by lawsuits and chaos – has produced a new leadership.

On Wednesday night, delegates to the event – which is seen by some as taking place in defiance of a court ban – nominated longtime general secretary Irvin Jim and others without opposition.

The faction of the union that opposes Jim and the group that has now taken control of the union had already declared earlier that they would not participate in the process which they considered a “sham”.

As the labor court heard the merits of Numsa’s application for leave to appeal the ban that halted the convening of the congress, union leaders moved quickly to appoint new leaders on Wednesday night .

The validity of their uncontested election will only be decided by the courts later – meaning their celebration could be short-lived.

Jubilant delegates belonging to the Jim slate said Eyewitness News last night that they were thrilled with their defeat of the faction that sought to change the union.

Mbuso Ngubane is the union’s new deputy general secretary – filling the post vacated by Karl Cloete on his retirement from the union.

Ngubane, who is entering the operational machinery of the country’s largest union, has been described as irreverent by workers in KwaZulu-Natal, where he served as secretary for many years.

In 2015, he was charged with fraud and extortion for forcing a union employee to hand over a large portion of his monthly salary to him, with the CCMA ordering him to reimburse the employee who was later fired by Ngubane.

Andrew Chirwa returns as President along with Mphumzi Maqungo.

Mac Chavalala, who sided with Numsa in the battle for the SA Federation of Trade Unions, is the new first vice-president.

Meanwhile, Puleng Phaka from the North Cape replaces Ruth Ntlokose as second vice-president.

Just last week, Ntlokose took Numsa to court to challenge his suspension and won.



Chaotic Numsa national congress spawns new leadership

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