Re-elected Nzimande slams media about Jim ‘assassination attempt’

2012-07-14 11:34
Carien du Plessis
Freshly re-elected for another term as SACP general secretary, Blade Nzimande lashed out at the media for exaggerating an incident where the car of the National Union of Metalworkers’ Irvin Jim was followed.

Numsa and the ANC Youth League claimed it was an assassination attempt, but Nzimande said the mayor of eThekwini’s guards followed Jim’s car erroneously, thinking it was the mayor’s.

“The media ran with this issue all day. It was an honest mistake,” he said.

“No one’s life was under threat.”

He also rubbished claims that the number plate couldn’t be traced.

The incident was first tweeted by Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, in which he made the claim about the false number plates.

Vavi didn’t mention anything about an assassination attempt.

There were no surprises as Nzimande was re-elected this morning.

Nzimande – as well as the other five officials – were unanimously elected as they were the only nominees for their positions.

Nzimande has been in the position for 14 years, and this re-election adds another five-year term.

The hall of delegates at the party’s conference at the University of Zululand in KwaDlangezwa near Richards Bay erupted in song as Nzimande’s re-election was confirmed by chairperson of the party’s “revolutionary election committee” Eric Mtshali.

Nzimande’s deputy, Jeremy Cronin, who has already been in his position for 17 years, was carried to stage as he was unanimously re-elected.

Solly Mapaila, who up to now headed the secretary-general’s office, was elected the first person to be the second deputy secretary as the office was beefed up by constitutional amendments passed last night.

Gwede Mantashe stepped down as chairperson because of his duties as ANC secretary-general.

National Union of Mineworkers president Senzeni Zokwana was elected in his place.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi was elected his deputy after Joyce Moloi-Moropa vacated the position to become party treasurer.