No fair hearing for Numsa – Irvin Jim

2014-11-06 15:49

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Metal workers union Numsa is adamant it will not be given a fair hearing in tomorrow’s Cosatu central executive committee meeting, where the union’s future in the federation will be discussed.

“[Numsa] has already been found guilty without being afforded the opportunity to present our case and we have raised that,” Numsa’s general secretary Irvin Jim said today outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

“We have no reason to believe that Numsa will be given a fair hearing in the central executive committee.”

A Numsa application for an urgent court interdict stopping the central executive committee meeting, which was expected to expel the metalworkers’ union, was postponed by the court today.

Judge Brian Mashile ordered that the matter be enrolled and postponed sine die (at a date to be arranged). An order on costs was reserved.

This meant Cosatu’s central executive committee meeting would go ahead tomorrow.

Jim, his deputy Karl Cloete, Numsa president Andrew Chirwa, and Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini were in court.

Standing on the steps of the high court, Dlamini said he was happy with the court order.

“The central executive committee meeting is going ahead tomorrow, where matters will be discussed. Everybody, including Numsa, will be given an opportunity to state any concern they have,” he said.

Numsa would be given an opportunity to explain to the central executive committee why it should not be expelled or suspended after being accused of violating Cosatu’s constitution.

Dlamini would not comment on the charges against Numsa.

“We are not casting disciplinary processes here, we are having a central executive committee meeting that must be tasked with matters, among those, the extension of the scope by Numsa.”

Numsa faces charges relating to a decision it took at its special national congress in December not to support the ANC during the general elections in May, and over its call that Cosatu withdraw from the alliance with the ruling party.

Jim said Numsa would attend tomorrow’s central executive committee meeting and defend itself against all the charges.

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