Numsa deputy general secretary resigns after 33 years of service

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) Deputy General Secretary Karl Cloete has resigned after serving the union for 33 years. Cloete is expected to finish his work at Numsa at the end of November 2020. 


Taking to Facebook on Wednesday 14 October 2020, Cloete said he felt a bit emotional regarding his separation from Numsa — a place where he had spent almost half of his life. 

He said it’s not easy but he’s doing it for his family who deserve happiness and him being there for them “in the last miles of my life.”

Cloete also posted a few images alongside his post. 

Image via: Karl Cloete Facebook
Image via: Karl Cloete Facebook

“I must thank and appreciate my family for making painful sacrifices since the burden of an absent husband and absent father was a burden I had imposed on them for 33 years,” he said. 

Cloete, however, said he would remain loyal to the cause of the working class and the struggle for a socialist South Africa. 

“I also wish to thank friends and comrades who had my back and who showered me with love and support over the years,” he said. 

“There is no better cause than serving the interest of the working poor, the farmworkers, the domestic workers, the vulnerable, the downtrodden, the marginalised, the hopeless youth, the victimised women and children and the broader exploited working class,” he added. 


While Numsa’s deputy general secretary has resigned, members of Numsa at Gautrain are continuing with the strike action at the company. The union has not yet released a statement regarding Cloete’s resignation.

On 12 October, Numsa Secretary General Irvin Jim said members had been on an indefinite strike over wages and this is the second week of the strike which started last week Monday. 

“We met with management on Friday and various proposals were presented. Unfortunately, talks broke down and we were unable to find each other. Both parties have agreed to mediate through the CCMA and we have written to them requesting their intervention,” said Jim. 

“We thank our members who are resolute and have been supporting the strike. The trains did not operate over the weekend, because they are intensifying the strike. We will approach these talks with an open mind and we urge the management of Gautrain to do the same so that we may find an amicable resolution to the strike,” he added. 


Presh JM Reporter

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