Dlamini: Cosatu will not tolerate boycotting forever

2015-06-03 20:06
(Jabu Kumalo, Daily Sun)

(Jabu Kumalo, Daily Sun)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has warned the federation's affiliates which are boycotting meetings that it will not tolerate it for long.

"The tolerance is not unlimited," he told the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) congress in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

"Please do come back because, by the way, your staying away from the CEC is unconstitutional."

Affiliates supporting expelled union the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi have boycotted the central executive committee meetings in solidarity.

The four unions which boycotted a special CEC held last week were the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), the SA Football Players Union (Safpu), the SA State and Allied Workers Union (Sasawu) and the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu).

The unions have called for a special national congress, which Cosatu has set down for next month.

However, the unions want to use the special congress to elect new leadership, but Cosatu is adamant that it will not use the special congress to do so. It will be holding a normal congress in November where elections will be held.

Numsa, which is appealing its expulsion from Cosatu, will also only be allowed to do so at the normal congress, although the metalworkers' union want to appeal at the special national congress.

'Cosatu is alive'

Dlamini took the opportunity to lambast Numsa and Vavi who continued to be critical of the trade union federation, saying it was paralysed.

"There are comrades who have been claiming Cosatu is paralysed," he said.

"Paralysis means in health terms an inability to use either all your limbs or some of your limbs.

"I've challenged them... this paralysed Cosatu pulled in thousands of workers around the country on May 1," Dlamini said.

He said no organisation which was paralysed would be able to pull off the kind of May Day rallies around the country last month the way Cosatu did.

"Cosatu is alive."

Dlamini defended the federation's decision to expel Vavi and Numsa.

"It took Cosatu a solid 18 months to reach that decision. It was not a decision taken lightly.

"If the NUM had a GS [general secretary] who'd conducted himself in that manner what would you do?," he asked.

Some delegates could be heard saying "expel him".

He said this matter could not be the one which divided Cosatu.

"We can't be divided because we allowed ill-discipline to reign."

Read more on:    fawu  |  cosatu  |  num  |  numsa  |  saccawu  |  sdumo dlamini  |  labour

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