Speeches

Statement by Zwelinzima Vavi on the passing of Comrade Ruth Mompati

I am deeply saddened to hear that we have lost a great heroine of the revolutionary struggle, Comrade Ruth Mompati, who passed away early this morning following a long period of ill-health. I send my condolences to her family, friends and many comrades in the movement, Born in 1925, Comrade Mompati devoted her life to […]

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Statement on the Compulsory Convening of a Special National Congress by COSATU

Since its last Congress in 2012, COSATU has been paralysed by internal fighting in the Central Executive Committtee (CEC). This fight has since seen Numsa expelled and Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi dismissed from COSATU. The paralysis and expulsion could never have happened if Mr.Sdumo Dlamini had heeded the call by the 9 unions which had correctly […]

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Numsa 2015 May day speaker Notes

A. History and Importance of May Day/Labour Day to the world working class. 1. Beginning in the 19th Century in the USA, the struggle for a shorter working day is the origin of May Day. 2. Workers could work anything from 14 to sometimes 19 hours in a single day! 3. The struggle and victory for an 8 hour […]

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Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim’s Political Input To The Conference For Socialism – Birchwood Hotel And OR Tambo Conference Centre

Members of the Numsa Central Committee Present, Movement for Socialism Task Team, Representatives and members of the United Front present, Leaders and representatives of political formations, Leaders and members of left organisations, All invited guests, Media present. The problem of humanity and the world is well known: it is capitalism. The solution is quite simple […]

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Numsa General Sectretary input during Ford Indaba on November 17, 2014

NUMSA’s General Secretary cde IRVIN JIM, addressed Ford Motor Company workers, on Monday  17 November 2014, at 10h30am, Ford Motor Company, Silverton, City of Tshwane, Gauteng province. General Secretary inputs: Download here 

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Numsa General Secretary Presentation to National Auto Shopstewards Council

“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth. Read more  

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The State of the South African Revolution and the Significance of the Numsa Moment

Building Our Own Movement for Socialism:Learning from the Struggles of Others” Download Numsa’s Genereal Secretary input during International Symposium of Left Political Parties / Movements which took place on the 7 – 10 August 2014 in Kopanong Hotel, Benoni. Download hereDownload here

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Numsa President Opening Speech during Central Committee at The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre on 12 – 16 May 2014

20 Years After 27th April 1994: what is the state the South African Revolution? “Nothing demonstrates better the increasing rigor of the colonial system: you begin by occupying the country, then you take the land and exploit the former owners at starvation rates. Then with mechanization, this cheap labour is still too expensive. You finish […]

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Numsa General Secretary Presentation to Unifor

I greet you in the name of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa – Numsa.  We are the biggest union in the history of the African continent. Despite massive deindustrialisation in our country, during which hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs have been destroyed, Numsa’s membership has grown by 55% over the last […]

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Numsa DGS input to the Numsa National National conference (NBC) 10 – 12 March at Saint George Hotel, Irene

Cosatu is a shadow of its former self – We cannot expect Cosatu to coordinate living wage struggles under the tried and tested slogan – An injury to one Is an injury to all. Click here to read more

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