Vavi reinstatement: Numsa won’t drop court case

2013-11-22 08:18

National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) boss Irvin Jim says his union will not drop its court case against Cosatu to force it to reinstate the federation’s general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Jim was responding to a question about Cosatu’s request that Numsa, the Food and Allied Workers’ Union and the SA Football Players’ Union drop the case. The federation did this at its three-day central executive committee meeting this week.

Numsa leaders are under pressure within Cosatu as they are accused of plotting disruptions that have plagued the meetings of Cosatu shopstewards in the provinces, and for failing to join Cosatu’s anti-tolls marches.

Jim said members of Numsa, which is holding a conference to review its support for the ANC at the polls, “were angered with what they regard as a turn-on and turn-off approach by the Cosatu leadership”.

“It took 12 months before it was wakened to the fact that the President of the Republic of South Africa (Jacob Zuma) had signed into law e-tolling in Gauteng.

“The Numsa (central committee) is unanimous in its analysis that the Cosatu action was nothing but a knee-jerk reaction to the passing of laws by the ANC government which had overtaken the federation while it was busy with palace politics and factional battles,” he said.

Jim said the ANC had also sidelined Cosatu in the drafting of the elections manifesto.

He suggested that it would be difficult for the union to garner workers’ support while the ANC forged ahead with policies that plunged them deep into poverty.

He attacked SA Communist Party boss Blade Nzimande for suggesting that the union was bankrolling other Cosatu affiliates.

Numsa would soon respond to the criticism as its leaders were not used to moving around with “black plastic bags”’ he said in reference to old allegations that R500 000 in donations disappeared after Nzimande took a black bag from the boot of a car.

Nzimande denies this.

Numsa leaders also denied that there was no agenda for the special Cosatu indaba they had called, saying they wanted an independent convenor to host it. The agenda would include electing new leaders and reinstating Vavi.

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