Numsa ‘as good as expelled’

2014-10-26 12:00
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Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is as good as expelled from Cosatu, reports the Sunday Times.

This comes after Cosatu's special central executive committee meeting on Numsa's future in the trade union federation was adjourned for two weeks on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, details reveal that most unions support Numsa’s expulsion. This comes amid allegations that union leaders were fuming over reports that Numsa was recruiting workers in other sectors.

The latest debates reportedly started soon after an ANC team led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa left Cosatu House on Tuesday after tabling a report on the rifts in the federation.

The ANC has tried to repair the rift as it fears a split within Cosatu would affect the party’s voter support base - especially in areas where Numsa commands influence such as Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan in the Eastern Cape and Ekurhuleni in Gauteng.

Numsa is meanwhile scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow.

Cosatu adjourns special meeting

News24 reported last week that Numsa would however be given the opportunity to make presentations on whether or not it should be suspended or expelled from the trade union federation.

It was rumoured that the CEC on Thursday was going to vote on whether Numsa should remain in Cosatu. However, Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven on Thursday evening said there was no vote.

Numsa has indicated that it wants to stay in Cosatu but leaders of some of the affiliates want the union out.

Numsa and Cosatu have been at loggerheads since the trade union federation suspended its general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi. This was after a woman alleged he had raped her at work. She had not reported it to police. Vavi said they had an affair.

Numsa had been a staunch Vavi supporter during his suspension and instituted the court proceedings against the trade union federation, insisting that Vavi be reinstated.

Numsa was one of the unions calling for a special Cosatu congress, at which it wanted new leadership elected.

At its special congress in December, the metalworkers' union took the decision not to support the ANC during the general elections.

This was despite being an affiliate of Cosatu, which is an alliance partner of the ruling party.

An African National Congress task team was formed in April to help solve problems within Cosatu.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  anc  |  numsa  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  cyril ramaphosa

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