Feature: 20 Years of Democracy

As South Africa passes the anniversary of 20 years of democracy it is important to reflect on both the failures and successes of democratic South Africa. South Africa in 2014 is a markedly different country. it enjoys a pluralistic political system; freedom of speech...

Cosatu

Vavi is back. after nine months of suspension, a successful lawsuit set the way
for Vavi’s return to Cosatu.
This confirms Numsa’s contention that the original suspension of Vavi violated Cosatu’s constitution, indicating that Cosatu president...

Interview with Irvin Jim

At NUMSA’s Special Congress in December you voted to hold socio-economic strikes, the first of which is coming up on 19 March to oppose the Employment Tax Incentive. Could you describe what a socio-economic strike is and why NUMSA is opposed to the tax...

Numsa and the crisis in the Cosatu: What now?

by Benjamin Fogel During the 1980s the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) was the figurehead of the so-called ‘workerist’ tendency within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and has always been on the left in Cosatu....