Cosatu to hold special congress

By Drum Digital
19 September 2013

Cosatu will hold a special national congress, in response to written requests for one submitted by nine affiliates, it announced.

Cosatu will hold a special national congress, in response to written requests for one submitted by nine affiliates, it announced on Thursday.

Under the Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) constitution, its president had to call a special national congress if a third of affiliated unions called for one, acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters in Johannesburg.

This was one of the matters discussed at a central executive committee

(CEC) meeting held from Monday to Wednesday

"The president must then deal with the practicalities, such as cost and timing of the congress, and the state of the affiliates," said Ntshalintshali.

A progress report would be made to the CEC in November.

He dismissed as "false" media reports that the CEC had called for the special conference.

Ntshalintshali did not give the affiliates' reasons for calling for the special congress.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was placed on special leave last month pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing relating to an affair he had with a junior employee.

On Friday, Vavi said he was joining the National Union of Metalworkers of SA's (Numsa) court attempt to have the CEC meeting which decided on his suspension, declared "unconstitutional".

Last Tuesday, Numsa's application was postponed after the High Court in Johannesburg allowed an application to intervene by seven opposing unions.

-by Sapa

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