The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) regions say they are “combat ready” and will quash any moves by dissenting members to unseat the top leadership at the union’s national congress next month.
They are dismissive of reports of a “rebellion” by shop stewards and officials who claim they are being purged and that a leadership contest is being suppressed.
The “rebels”, who hail from the union’s Johannesburg-based Jack Charles Bezuidenhout region (JC Bez), are calling for general secretary Irvin Jim’s head. They want the national youth forum chairperson, Mpho Hlongwane, to take up the mantle.
The region will hold its own congress this weekend where the names of its candidates will be debated.