Numsa expulsion a tragic development – ANC

2014-11-08 14:26

The expulsion of National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) from trade union federation Cosatu was a tragic development, says the ANC.

“That development is a tragic event because we have done everything we thought we could,” spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said today.

“For us the unity of Cosatu is very important. We met with all the affiliates, including Numsa, and they committed [themselves] to that.”

Kodwa said the ruling party would comment further after it had received a report of the outcomes of the federation’s central executive committee (CEC) meeting.

Numsa was expelled during a special CEC sitting yesterday. The union’s general secretary Irvin Jim confirmed the expulsion today.

“Yes, Numsa has been expelled,” he said in an SMS.

The ANC set up a task team, led by party deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, in April to help the trade union federation overcome infighting.

It met 19 Cosatu affiliates to canvass their views on tensions within the federation, and to get input on whether the tripartite alliance between the ANC, Cosatu, and the SA Communist Party, should continue.

The ANC had urged Cosatu to address infighting, amidst rumours of an imminent split.

At its special congress in December, Numsa decided not to support the ANC in the May general elections, which went against Cosatu’s policy.

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