SRWPIndependent News reports that the relationship between trade union allies Zwelinzima Vavi and Irvin Jim appears to have soured following the decision by Jim and leaders of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to form a party to contest next week’s elections.  

Vavi said his federation, the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), was not campaigning for Jim’s Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP), because the latter had latter kept the federation in dark about its decision to contest the elections.  “They (SRWP leaders) all have rights to campaign for workers’ support, but Saftu as an organisation is not campaigning for them,” Vavi asserted.  Indicating that his federation, which was launched in 2017, had not been officially informed that the SRWP, which Jim leads, was to contest the 8 May elections, Vavi said:  “Saftu has not discussed the issue of who we will vote for, and we cannot impose that without discussion.  In an organisation there should be discussions and agreements.”  A resolution which led to the forming of SRWP was taken at Numsa’s 2013 national conference.  The socialist party was launched early last month.  When contacted, Jim declined to comment except to say he had heard that Vavi had said Saftu was not campaigning for the SRWP.

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