NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Editorial: Letters

30 April 2004, Posted in News

Dear Numsa News

Baphathi be ntlangano

Numsa is the only mbutho wabasebenzi in this country who can root out strata forces "capitalism" and the pillar to the federation, Cosatu.

What comrade Vavi used to say in the meetings, "No Numsa, no meetings", I was the lucky comrade to work in the metal industry and belong to Numsa.

Numsa opened my eyes and taught me about a lot of things – educate. I'm writing this letter comrades because I am very concerned about the way we are functioning. We begin to have a gap between national office bearers and workers on the ground.

What has happened to 'ear to the ground'?

Comrades another thing that I am asking is the two posters of comrade Mbuyi and comrade Mayekiso. We as workers we must praise our comrade president Tom for the duty the comrade has done to keep Numsa strong during difficult times when we lost comrade Mbuyi. We are the product of Marxism.

Dialectical materialism is not a foreign ideology to us. We know as class of class struggle. We must inform our practice, our collective struggle with ideas. We learn from the masses and teach them what we have learnt.

Thanks to our comrade president Tom. We will always be materialistic to him. Marxist ideas are always at best.

Amandla! Mthimunye Jacobs, Johannesburg Central Local, motor chairperson

Dear Numsa News

I want to know how can I get Numsa caps, t-shirts, jackets and tracksuits. I need them as I am a Numsa comrade.

ThanksThemba Mabaso Dunlop Tyre , Ladysmith

Dear comrade Themba

Numsa has still not awarded a contract to a supplier. As soon as it does, everyone will be informed.


Fallen heroes

The last Numsa News reported on the tragic deaths of Richard Selekisho and Thuso Monabe in a car accident. Veronica Mofokeng, a shop steward in Selekisho's region, pays tribute to Selekisho who was one of the stalwarts of the region..

Comrade Richard Kebogile "Sting" Selekisho was born on August 13 1959 in Kimberley .

He was a trade unionist, a worker, a civic leader, an educator, a human rights activist, a writer, a political analyst and an advisor produced by the struggle.

He started his first work at Jaff and co as a labourer and machine assistant. A Numsa member since 1989, he later worked for Kalahari Rolling Mills as a machine operator until the closure of the company. In April 1996, he joined Human Auto. He worked there until his tragic death.

Whilst Richard "Ree" was working, he did not forget his education. He registered with Damelin Correspondence College where he completed his matric. Thereafter he registered with the same institution for a diploma in Marketing Management and Human Resource Management which he obtained.

"Oom Ree" served the metalworkers wholeheartedly. He served as a shop steward, Numsa NC/FS regional treasurer, deputy regional chairperson, regional gender co-ordinator and before his death, as the regional chairperson.

In his hey day he played for Black Vultures FC. "Sting" as he was called, served as their secretary and later as the chairperson. He also represented the club at the Kimberley Football Association where he served as an executive member.

Richard is survived by his parents, three brothers and five sisters.

Veronica Mofokeng, Bethlehem Local. 

Numsa mourns the death of Dudu Elias Tshabalala. Tshabalala had been a union member since 1975, first of Mawu and then Numsa when Mawu merged with other trade unions in 1987. In the 1998 national motor strike, Tshabalala was in the forefront. He worked at Bethlehem Delta and its predecessors for 28 years. As metalworkers, we miss him so much.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Veronica Mofokeng, Bethlehem Local.



Under beclouded skies standstill fields we have planted with crops of hatred and grief yet we speak of LOVE, beyond all judgment nothing is innocent we shall sow sins of our plantations.

Ayanda Billie, VWSA


Heads and shoulders uncovered Exposed to the merciless cold As icy drippings let loose To cut cheeks and lips Into dryness, with sores and marks.

With rags over their bodies Hardly enough to shield their faces, As nature calls in at night To do away with the day.

Them forgotten citizens Neither with the dompas of old Nor present day identifications, Only left at shame's risk For any mishappening to have them.

Humans they may be Like you and many others Yet politicians turn a blind eye, But after their one vote, To stay in power.

God save the homeless, As match-boxes erected for some Granted to those most fortunate.

And never mind the promises, There shall be houses and comfort 'cos millions still are homeless.

Aubrey ka Saki, VWSA