Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

22 May 2014

South Africa: Op-Ed - Response to Jeremy Cronin By Numsa Deputy General Secretary Karl Cloete

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Writing for the SACP, Jeremy Cronin recently produced a scathing critique of Irvin Jim's leadership entitled 'Irvin Gymnastics - the devious art of political contortionism'. In it, he claimed that "the NUMSA leadership clique under Irvin Jim is increasingly ratcheting up its reckless game of brinkmanship, organisational dissidence and electoral boycotting" and that "the capacity of the Jim project to cause damage should not be underestimated". Here, in full, is NUMSA's response.

Karl Cloete - Numsa Deputy General Secretary - 22 May 2014.

As Communists we must always welcome any debate on the serious crisis facing the workers' and socialist movement in South Africa today, but we do hope that it will reach a higher theoretical level than that displayed by Cde Jeremy Cronin in his rant, entitled 'Irvin Gymnastics - the devious art of political contortionism'.

Comrade Cronin's article is remarkable for managing to avoid all the most fundamental questions facing South African workers at the moment - the capitalist crisis of mass unemployment, poverty, inequality and corruption, the wave of strikes and community protests and the role of the ANC government and its allies in all of this.

Instead he argues that our biggest problem...

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