Johannesburg - Former Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese and the union have reached a settlement after he challenged its decision to fire him for absenteeism.He accepted an offer from Numsa during arbitration proceedings, not because he had any doubts about his case, but to free himself from a "continued merciless onslaught", he said in a statement on Friday.Ngobese took the National Union of Metalworkers of SA to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration after it fired him for being absent for more than 15 days. He claimed it was unfair dismissal."The settlement offer, as agreed by both parties, ends the strenuous battle I have endured during an emotionally draining debacle."He said he had settled to save the union's pride, "which represents the sacrifices made by the toiling masses and, in particular, its members who I have served with pride and dedication for seven years"."All I can say is that purging, victimisation and the abuse of organisational resources or positions of authority have never built any organisation. History will absolve me!” he said.Numsa could not be reached for comment.