Cosatu president shuts down Numsa, Vavi debate

2015-07-14 17:41
Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini at the special national congress. (Photo: News24)

Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini at the special national congress. (Photo: News24)

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Johannesburg - Attempts by some unions to discuss the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) were shut down by Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini on Tuesday.

During discussions on documents presented at the Congress of SA Trade Unions' special national congress, unions that support Numsa and expelled general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi were told to stick to issues at hand.

The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are among those which want Numsa's reinstatement discussed.

Fawu said it had been demonised for calling for the special national congress and for raising issues.

A delegate from the SA State and Allied Workers Union took on Dlamini about his opening address, saying that instead of uniting Cosatu it had created a bigger divide.

He said those who have boycotted Cosatu's central executive committee meetings had been treated as enemies.

Dlamini called on those unions that support Numsa and Vavi to "free" themselves. He accused them of trying to destroy the federation by using subscription fees.

Numsa was expelled last November. It wanted to participate in the special national congress and appeal its expulsion, but lost a court application for an urgent order to allow it to attend the congress to state its case.

However, Cosatu said it could appeal only at the normal congress in November this year.

CWU said there was one important question workers are asking: "Where is the militant and fighting Cosatu?"
Read more on:    cosatu  |  numsa  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  sdumo dlamini  |  johannesburg  |  cosatu special national congress

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