Numsa: Lift Vavi suspension or we go to court

2013-08-30 13:36

The National Union of Metalworkers has given Cosatu leadership until the end of business today to lift the suspension of federation general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, or face legal action.

Vavi was suspended for bring the federation into disrepute after he admitted to having sex with a junior employee at Cosatu, and is due to face disciplinary action.

Numsa secretary general Irvin Jim said the union had written to the federation asking them to also “undo” the meeting that took the decision on Vavi as they thought it was not procedural.

“If they fail to commit that they are willing to undo that meeting, as the National Union of Metalworkers we will have no option. We might have to approach a court of law and challenge everything that took place in that meeting.

“That letter has gone out to the leadership of the federation. This is not a decision Numsa has taken lightly, but we were left with absolutely no option,” he said.

He said those who are not happy with Vavi’s continued leadership of Cosatu, should accept that he was elected democratically or agree to a special congress to decide on the matter.

He also took a swipe at SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe for their comments at the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) political school last week, saying they had spoken in a partial and factional way.

Read: Power-hungry personalities will be the end of Cosatu, says Gwede Mantashe

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Nzimande said leaders who wanted to leave the alliance should leave members behind, while Mantashe told the meeting that “personality cults” were responsible for Cosatu’s woes.

“We think the cat is out of the bag. They are directly involved in dividing the federation.

“We can’t be playing marbles and say it is a division internally, and that they want a strong federation,” he said.

Jim also lambasted the two leaders for keeping mum about a leaked intelligence report that alleges that Vavi is in cahoots with the Americans to remove the ANC from political power.

He said the comments by Nzimande that there were international forces who wanted to oust liberation movements from power was a sign that he believed the report.

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