Numsa challenging expulsion in court

2014-12-11 14:08

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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is challenging its expulsion from the Congress of South African in court, general secretary Irvin Jim has said.

“The numerically dominant faction [in the] central executive committee delegates of Cosatu ... finally got their wish, they have illegally and irregularly expelled Numsa,” he told reporters today in Boksburg on Joburg’s East Rand.

“We have since appealed against this expulsion and we are challenging it in court.”

Numsa was expelled from the trade union federation last month. According to Cosatu’s constitution Numsa could appeal its expulsion at the next national congress which was supposed to be held in September next year.

However, Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini said earlier this week that Cosatu would now hold a special national congress in July.

Jim said Numsa would continue with its court challenge.

“We are determined to reclaim the federation as an independent, democratic, worker-controlled, militant, anti-imperialist and socialist orientated labour federation.

“We are proceeding with challenging the illegal expulsion in court.”

Jim was addressing the media following Numsa’s four-day central committee meeting held in Joburg this week.

Before Jim started his address Numsa central committee meeting delegates chanted “run S’dumo Dlamini, run”.

Numsa was expelled for contravening Cosatu’s constitution. The expulsion was based on resolutions taken at the metalworkers special congress in December last year where it took the decision not to support the African National Congress in the general elections and for expanding its scope.

Cosatu has called on Numsa to withdraw those resolutions, which it has refused to do.

Despite Numsa’s expulsion eight Cosatu affiliates have stood by the union and spoken out against its ousting.

Jim said Numsa’s central committee welcomed the unions’ support.

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