NUM wants Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to become the next ANC leader. North West Mahikeng NUMANCSACP Cyril Ramaphosa Jacob Zuma Itumeleng Kgajane The National Union of Mine workers (NUM) has ordered its structures to make resources available for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign, to emerge as the leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in December. NUM president Piet Matosa made this instruction at the feedback meeting with members in Rustenburg following the union’s two day Central Executive Committee meeting held this week. The union says the African National Congress’ reputation has been tarnished by the alleged influence the Gupta family has on President Jacob Zuma.
The NUM convened a two day Central Executive Committee meeting this week,
where it took stock of many challenges it faces with and how they can overcome
them. Among them is the union’s loss of membership since 2012, following the rise of
its rival union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu). However,
President Zuma was not spurred. Though the call for him to step down has been there,
this time belts are being fastened, with the NUM ordering its members to avail any kind
of resources to assist their favourite Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the ANC. The NUM President says the ANC’s name has been tarnished under Zuma and only Ramaphosa can save it.
“We are saying as the NUM that, that campaign will not succeed if we don’t put resources of any kind for that project or program to succeed. Because we strongly feel that Cyril Ramaphosa is the only person for now, that can be able to save the ANC from the problem and problems it is facing.” This call has a blessing from the federation to which Num is an affiliate,the Congress of
South African Trade Unions ( Cosatu). “This campaign of comrade Cyril will never
see the light of day, if we don’t avail resources as Cosatu affiliates for the campaign. So, we
are in agreement with what the NUM is saying. There are two resources that will make the
campaign fly, one is human resource that will do the ground work. Two, support the human resource financially,” says Cosatu’s first Deputy President Tyotyo James.
The South African Communist Party has cautioned against the mobilising of financial
resources for any ANC presidency candidate. “On this one, we don’t agree that money
must be mobilised to then campaign for Cyril. Anyone who must be campaigned for must be
on the grounds that politically, organizationally, for the unity of the ANC, that person has
capacity, not how much money was raised in the campaign,” says North West secretary
Madoda Sambatha. Matosa says the NUM is now on a path of regaining the lost ground. Shop-stewards and leadership were urged to serve members accordingly and do away with factional battles.