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Numsa: Constitution must be reviewed

2012-06-12 15:36

Johannesburg - The constitution must be reviewed to allow for expropriation of land without compensation, National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim said on Tuesday.

"We are very firm that section 25 of the constitution is a problem. Our government cannot do anything, it cannot break the back of white monopoly capital that has become an enclave swimming in... wealth that was not redistributed," he said.

"On the issue of land we are unanimous in the belief that the land must be returned to the people of the country in accordance with the Freedom Charter and that expropriation without compensation must be complemented by abolishing the principle of 'willing buyer-willing seller'."

Jim was talking to reporters in Johannesburg, after Numsa held its ninth national congress in Durban last week.

He said the union agreed it would assist the African National Congress, if it chose to review the constitution.

"If the ANC takes a decision from both its policy and national conference and says it wants to review the constitution, our people will vote for the African National Congress. We will deliver more than two-thirds (in the National Assembly)."

He said section 25, which deals with property rights, was used by "white capitalists" to ensure that they would continue to own the country's means of production and its wealth.

"We are not narrowly pursuing another race (situation). We think that equal access to the economy of this country is in the best interests of both black and white," Jim said.

"Unless both blacks and whites have equal access to the wealth this country has, the country is going nowhere."

Comments
  • EricksonTL - 2012-06-12 15:47

    Fascist much?

      david.b.mcfarlane - 2012-06-13 07:30

      Everybody has access to wealth. Unfortunately you have to work for it.

  • EricksonTL - 2012-06-12 15:48

    Fascist much?

  • Trevor - 2012-06-12 15:49

    Now imagine, who will be getting 20 farms.

  • wo0two0t - 2012-06-12 15:53

    How is my access to wealth different to anyone’s else’s?

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-12 15:54

    Irvin Jim is a racist of the highest order, a mad man. Someone who was not loved as a child. And he is in desperate need of a dentist.

  • warren.gans.7 - 2012-06-12 15:54

    What does the Metal workers union care if there is a change in policy in agriculture?

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-12 15:54

    Irvin Jim is a racist of the highest order, a mad man. Someone who was not loved as a child. And he is in desperate need of a dentist.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-12 15:54

    How about the big fat government cats driving their range rovers and 7 series bmw's, with their hands deep in every pie imaginable, redistribute their wealth to those they have made fake promises!!!

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-12 15:58

    wtf has metal workers got to do with farming huh? Show me one just one metal worker who knows how to farm. you just want to STEEL again, what a bunch of losers

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-12 15:58

    wtf has metal workers got to do with farming huh? Show me one just one metal worker who knows how to farm. you just want to STEEL again, what a bunch of losers

  • Andres - 2012-06-12 15:59

    Irvin Jim: Please stick to dealing with labour of the mining sector. If you want to get all political and stick your nose in government policy all the freekin' time... start your own political party. All these labour side-shows making policy pronouncements, with no regard to the harm to the country's reputation, all whilst hiding behind being part of the ruling-party alliance is getting WAY out of hand!

      Andres - 2012-06-12 16:01

      I mean metalworkers and industrial sector :-)

  • dave.leverton - 2012-06-12 16:01

    'the land must be returned to the people of the country' Well at least the Khoisan will be happy.

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-06-12 16:07

    This is populist rhetoric that has failed wherever it has been implemented. This man is an idiot of the lowest order.

  • gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-06-12 16:07

    The farms actually have to be worked to make the wealth - union people just know how to "demand" - two very different things and one of them they are not very capable of doing.

  • gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-06-12 16:07

    The farms actually have to be worked to make the wealth - union people just know how to "demand" - two very different things and one of them they are not very capable of doing.

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-06-12 16:08

    The farms actually have to be worked to make the wealth - union people just know how to "demand" - two very different things and one of them they are not very capable of doing.

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • gregory.martin.5070 - 2012-06-12 16:08

    The farms actually have to be worked to make the wealth - union people just know how to "demand" - two very different things and one of them they are not very capable of doing.

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:08

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:09

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:09

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:09

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:09

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:10

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:10

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:10

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:11

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:11

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:12

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution in which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:13

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution into which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:13

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution into which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:13

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution into which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • alyn.adams - 2012-06-12 16:13

    Expropriation isn't ruled out in the Constitution into which the ANC had so much input, Mr Jim; there's no need for an amendment to change state policy or expropriation laws. But don't let the facts get in the way of the rhetoric...

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-06-12 16:14

    Mr Jim, a very irresponsible statement if you do not understand the dynamics of land reform vis-a-viz the importance of commercial agriculture to feed the nation - please keep yourself busy with the mining sector and leave land reform to people in the Dept of Rural Dev & Land Reform.

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-06-12 16:14

    Mr Jim, a very irresponsible statement if you do not understand the dynamics of land reform vis-a-viz the importance of commercial agriculture to feed the nation - please keep yourself busy with the mining sector and leave land reform to people in the Dept of Rural Dev & Land Reform.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-12 16:16

    3 guesses for who is 'applying' for a top anc position!!! Same old boring song from an equally boring uninfluential wannabe dictator

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-06-12 16:16

    Mr Jim, a very irresponsible statement if you do not understand the dynamics of land reform vis-a-viz the importance of commercial agriculture to feed the nation - please keep yourself busy with the metal industry and leave land reform to people in the Dept of Rural Dev & Land Reform.

  • dirk.klaver.7 - 2012-06-12 16:16

    Damm have to load a present for Irvin Jim as well. 1 for Irvin 1 for new ANCYL president who had same stupid suggestion and maybe a few more for any moron with such bright ideas .....

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-06-12 16:18

    Mr Jim, a very irresponsible statement if you do not understand the dynamics of land reform vis-a-viz the importance of commercial agriculture to feed the nation - please keep yourself busy with the metal industry and leave land reform to people in the Dept of Rural Dev & Land Reform.

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-06-12 16:19

    Mr Jim, a very irresponsible statement if you do not understand the dynamics of land reform vis-a-viz the importance of commercial agriculture to feed the nation - please keep yourself busy with the metal industry and leave land reform to people in the Dept of Rural Dev & Land Reform.

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