Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

3 March 2014

South Africa: Analysis - Numsa's Imminent Morphing Into a Political Party - Advice From a Political Hack

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On Monday the National Union of Metalworkers of SA felt compelled to release a statement in which it confirmed that it would not be running as a political party in the May elections. But if you examine the statement carefully, it's clear that it's just a question of time.

The union is starting something, and you can talk about formations and fronts and unity all you like - it's going to quack like a political party and walk like a political party. Therefore it will be a political party. It doesn't have a name yet, but we're campaigning hard for Shosholoza. And being in a charitable mood here at the Daily Maverick, we decided it would be nice of us proud capitalists to offer some helpful advice, although we're not arrogant enough to presume that the union will follow it.

Dear Numsa,

First things first: Don't cock it up. The quickest way to do cock it up would be to rush into an election. So, from the point of view of starting your party, you've done the right thing. A small delay here won't be a terrible thing, while rushing into it could be. The problem with...

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