The ANC believes it is well on its way to fulfilling promises made in the Freedom Charter, but Numsa tells a different story.
An important lessons that we have learnt in the United Front is that although there may be no road map, it is vital to know the destination.
The world of 2015 is a much-changed place, but the embryonic new left of the United Front is looking to the 1970s and earlier for its inspiration.
There is hope that this time, with a rise in grass-roots social activism, capitalism will not win.
Most commentators have got the idea of the United Front wrong, and many important points from the national congress in December were overlooked.
Numsa's umbrella entity, the United Front, not so united as delegates disagree on internal structure and what role the party should play in elections.
Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim reiterates that Numsa won't convert to a "political party", and will remain inspired by Marxism-Leninism.
Zwelinzima Vavi says union leaders must stop acting like bosses who can make decisions without touching base with their union members.
Irvin Jim says the "rogue" report accuses them of treason, which cannot be taken lightly, and they want the State Security Agency to investigate it.
The trade union is concerned that the paper’s circulation is part of a trend to destabilise its plans to form a United Front opposed to the ANC.
There are concerns that the impact of unemployment, load-shedding and industrial action will take its toll on economic growth in the new year.
Unions are going out of business, presenting the ANC with a political and economic dilemma.
No Facebook: The EFF's first test of internal democracy is falling apart over arbitrary 'disqualifications' and the policy of democratic centralism.
A special national congress will be held by trade union Cosatu next year, and sources say Zwelinzima Vavi will not be removed.
Political reporter Qaanitah Hunter looks at the developments along the road to the Cosatu/ Numsa split, and what impact this may have on the federation.
Whether the metalworkers' union forms a political party or not, its expulsion from Cosatu will hit the ruling party in the 2016 municipal elections.
Not only has Cosatu expelled the metalworkers' union from the federation, but factory workers in Nigel are braced for big job cuts.
If the tripartite parties' interests have diverged, then the parties should diverge. Rather give the voters a democratic contestation of issues.