eNCA – Sunday 30 November 2014 – 8:25pm
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JOHANNESBURG 30 November 2014 – Political economist Moeletsi Mbeki says the ANC’s holding back the country’s industrial development. Mbeki was the key speaker at the launch of a new political movement that’s being driven by the trade union Numsa. Video: eNCA
The ANC has been accused of deliberately holding back the country’s industrial development — that’s the opinion of political economist Moeletsi Mbeki.
He says the move ensures that the poor continue to depend on the ANC for social grants, and keep voting for the party.
Mbeki was the key speaker at the Gauteng launch of a new political movement that’s being driven by the trade union Numsa.
Numsa says the United Front will be the intersection of workers on the shop floor and community struggles.
It’s taking on the ruling party and its allies, which it says have strayed from the path to a better life for all.
Main speaker at the launch, Mbeki, didn’t hold back. He believes the ANC has orchestrated the country’s deindustrialization over the past two decades
“67% of the people who vote for the ANC are unemployed. This is just to illustrate that the ruling class, in a way, in this country, has a vested interest in promoting unemployment, in promoting deindustrialization because it compels, either the direct dictatorship of the chiefs or through social grants or the threat of withdrawing social grants… it compels the poor people to have to vote for the ANC.”
Numsa says it got tired of the ANC alliance’s false promises. It plans to launch the United Front nationally next month, and it’s working on establishing what it calls “a workers’ political platform” next year.