Nzimande takes swipe at Numsa and EFF, tells media to act responsibly


Higher Education Minister and South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary, Blade Nzimande, has berated the leadership of metalworkers union Numsa for ‘using dirty money’ to launch an opposition movement against the ruling ANC.

According to CityPress, Nzimande made the statement at Soweto’s Avalon Cemetery on Tuesday during a memorial service to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Joe Slovo.

“Some of the money being used by the Numsa leadership clique is dirty money. Its money they have taken from their investment in Dove Funerals,” Nzimande said.

“The leadership clique of Numsa wants to be a union and a federation. It wants to be the ANC and the communist party. We know that metalworkers are not in agreement with what the leadership clique is doing.”

Nzimande also slated Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), stating that they had failed to bring a single new idea to parliament, before going on to describe them as a party that thrives on anarchy.

The Minister said that is was ironic that the EFF was demanding that President Jacob Zuma pay back the money spend on upgrades at his private Nkandla residence, when its leader is accused of stealing and owning the South African Revenue Service (SARS) millions.

“Some people sing in Parliament, they say ‘president pay back the money’. Julius must pay back the money, the millions he has stolen,” Nzimande said, adding that he plans to use the money for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

He also warned media houses to take responsibility for any racist or sexist remarks posted by members of the public on its website.

“Media houses who have Internet platforms must take responsibility for what is written there by people who comment on stories. The hatred, the hate speech, the racism, the sexism that is in some of these… you can’t have a newspaper allowing something to be printed on the Internet which they won’t allow printed on their news pages”.