Zwelinzima Vavi (File, Sapa)
Cape Town - The National Union of Metalwokers of SA (Numsa)
has not only reiterated its call for President Jacob Zuma to resign but it is
also preparing for life outside of Cosatu.
According to the Sunday Independent, Numsa is expected to
approach former cabinet ministers, who have fallen out with the ruling party,
to get advice on moving forward. Among these are Ronnie Kasrils, Jay Naidoo and
In a draft secretariat report Numsa states that the ANC is
part of the problem in Cosatu – because of its anti-worker policies.
The newspaper reports that Numsa has accepted that it is
likely to be expelled from Cosatu.
Numsa, Cosatu's largest affiliate, has been at loggerheads
with the trade union federation after the suspension of general secretary
Zwelinzima Vavi eight months ago. Numsa opposed Vavi's suspension and was
successful in its application to the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg
challenging the decision.
Numsa has also gone against Cosatu in deciding not to
support the ANC in this year's general election and calling for a Cosatu
special national congress so that new leadership can be elected.
However, Vavi’s position in Cosatu will be greatly weakened
without Numsa. But action against Numsa is on hold until after the 7 May
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