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EXCLUSIVE — Amcu says new Labour Party registered, invites ‘progressive forces’, including other unions, to join

EXCLUSIVE — Amcu says new Labour Party registered, invites ‘progressive forces’, including other unions, to join
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa at an event marking the sixth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre in Rustenburg on 16 August 2018. (Photo: Gallo Image / City Press / Tebogo Letsie)

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union says it has registered a new Labour Party with the Electoral Commission of South Africa to contest the 2024 national and provincial elections.

The new Labour Party will officially launch on 6 March in Johannesburg at a venue to be confirmed, according to an invitation which Daily Maverick has seen. It says a media conference is scheduled for 7 March, and an Amcu official confirmed that details for that will soon be sent out. 

“We have received confirmation from the IEC that the Labour Party of South Africa (Labour) has been registered for the national and provincial elections of 2024. This is the culmination of a vision that has been shared by various civil society organisations and trade unions for many years – to establish a true people-focused political party that can oppose the increasingly neoliberal policies of most if not all of the current political parties on offer in South Africa,” the invitation says. 


Sibanye Stillwater employees affiliated to Amcu and NUM protest at the mine’s stadium in Driefontein on 9 May 2022, reportedly demanding an increase of R1,000 per month. (Photo: Gallo Images / City Press / Tebogo Letsie)

“The registration of the Labour Party is a direct result of a resolution of the 2023 Special National Congress of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), following years of deliberation and discussion. However, it was decided that this will not be an Amcu party.” 

The IEC confirmed to Daily Maverick on Thursday evening that the Labour Party has been registered.

Read more in Daily Maverick: 2024 elections

The invite goes on to quote the resolution: 

“That the… Labour Party shall seek to be a home for all progressive trade unions, civil society organisations and like-minded movements that share the same values and ethos.” 

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union members sing and dance during the fifth anniversary commemoration of the Marikana Massacre at Wonderkop in Rustenburg on 16 August 2017. (Photo: Gallo Images / The Times / Masi Losi)


President of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union Joseph Mathunjwa addresses members at the Impala Rugby fields in Rustenburg on 16 January 2019. (Photo: Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Thapelo Morebudi)

The entrance of the Labour Party adds to a swelling electoral field that includes former president Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto Wesizwe party that could peel off voters from the governing ANC and the EFF.

The Labour Party, with its stated opposition to “neoliberal policies”, is clearly aiming far left. 

The agenda of the meeting will include items such as “Broad Ideological Points of Departure” and the “Interim Party Executive”, according to the invitation. 

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa for years professed a disinterest in entering the political fray but the firebrand trade unionist has often taken a stridently anti-ANC tone. DM


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  • Michael Thomlinson says:

    Looks like the labour Unions have more money than sense. This has been tried before and failed dismally. One only has to look at how many workers are unionized in this sector to realize that the numbers do not add up and who else is going to vote for them?

  • D'Esprit Dan says:

    There are so many parties on the far left, they’ll get one vote each – from the party founder! Really, it’s becoming a bit of a joke, but I suppose given the sclerosis that has enveloped our politics for the last 15 or 20 years, it isn’t that surprising that everybody without a job, but with a soap box to stand on, is looking to join the parliamentary gravy train!

  • Frank Fettig says:

    More clowns joining the circus..

  • Marcus Struik says:

    Ja, ja, ja….

  • Middle aged Mike says:

    Ah yes, the good old ‘progressive forces’ better known as people who want more access to other people’s money.

  • Fanie Rajesh Ngabiso says:

    Oh dear – “forces” ties in so closely to the other meaningless populist babble terms like “comrade”, “war room”, “white monopoly capital” and on and on….

    This is a worrying development for our country and for all of our people.

  • Rudd van Deventer says:

    It is about time there was a proper Labour Party and not the ANC masquerading as one while juggling the demands of trying to be communist/labour/socialist/capitalist all rolled into one.

  • Johan Buys says:

    Unions and ANC would be the first split in the 1994 alliance.

    I hoped the former UDF would split off first and form some kind of middle ground multiracial coalition party but for reasons of ego the DA and UDF never got together to save our country. One side was anchored in Zille, the other felt obliged to the exile minority ANC and the communists and Labor.

    Shame on both.

  • Gary De Sousa says:

    So now we have 207 parties registered.

  • William H says:

    In election years, KFC franchises are allowed to count their chickens before they hatch. Streetwise 2 will be served on the 6th of March. Yum!

    That’s about the only impact I see here.

  • Ben Harper says:


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