Castro Ngobese

Spokesperson, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

Soon after he joined the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) as its national spokesperson in June last year, Castro Ngobese sparked controversy with a statement calling for the nationalisation of the wealth of South Africa's richest man, Patrice Motsepe, and ANC struggle hero Tokyo Sexwale. The statement was issued after the Sunday Times published South Africa's rich list, revealing that Motsepe's assets total a whopping R14.2 billion. Brought up in the dusty township of Chesterville in KwaZulu-Natal, Ngobese, one of those who played a role in bringing Jacob Zuma to power in the ANC and as the country's president, served as national spokesperson for the Young Communist League for four years before joining Numsa last year. He says his involvement in politics is not motivated by money. "I don't see myself as working. For me, it's a community service. People now join our movement for material rewards. Some leaders are obsessed in making headlines. That's the danger facing our country today.� �Matuma Letsoalo

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