numsaThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has been rocked by a tribal fight that is threatening to tear the union apart ahead of its national congress next month.  

The local branch in Alberton, Ekurhuleni, was disbanded this week by the regional executive committee – apparently for differing from the national leadership.  In July, branch chairperson Thomas Langa and secretary Nkonkhelo Mncwango were suspended amid allegations of corruption.  A group of disgruntled members from the Alberton branch are now planning to march on Friday to Numsa’s headquarters in Johannesburg to demand that the national leadership resolve the tribalism crisis.  On Wednesday, Langa launched a scathing attack on Numsa Ekurhuleni regional secretary Jacob Xilongo, accusing him of tribalism.  He said:  “The regional secretary reserves leadership positions for Xhosa-speakers.  Our suspension has to do with tribalism because we are Zulus.  We were suspended because we have been vocal about what is happening within Numsa.”  Xilongo described as “nonsense” claims of tribalism.  Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim also denied accusations of tribalism.

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