Cosatu split is imminent

2014-10-19 08:00

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ANC heavyweights will tell Cosatu this week that they have failed to resolve their dispute with the federation’s biggest union – paving the way for a split.

But they will then do their best to convince Cosatu not to suspend the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and its more than 349?000 members.

Well-placed sources in the federation told City Press it was inevitable that Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who sides with Numsa, will this week again be suspended for his extramarital affair with a junior employee as well as other alleged transgressions.

The ANC task team set up to mend fences between Cosatu and Numsa will submit its report to Cosatu’s central executive committee on Tuesday.

City Press has learnt that the task team has had two meetings with Numsa since it was established in April to stave off a pre-election split.

Alliance insiders with knowledge of the process said Numsa stuck to its guns at both meetings.

It believes the ANC is no longer promoting the national democratic revolution and that the alliance between the ANC and Cosatu must end.

Numsa is steaming ahead with the formation of a broad national front meant to lead to the establishment of a new political party by March or April next year.

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