We won't appeal Cosatu expulsion, alliance is dead - Numsa

2015-11-09 19:03


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


WATCH: Cosatu delayed Numsa, Vavi discussions during special congress

2015-07-15 15:15

Labour Analyst Terry Bell attended Cosatu's special national congress this week. He says the union managed to delay talks about the future of expelled Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has decided not to appeal its expulsion from Cosatu, saying it agreed with former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe that the tripartite alliance - between the ANC, SA Communist Party and Cosatu - was dead.

It has been a year since the Cosatu's central executive committee took the decision to expel the federation's largest affiliate, Numsa.

Since Numsa's expulsion, Cosatu has admitted a new metalworkers union, the Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa) as an affiliate.

- Read more: New union not replacing Numsa - Cosatu

"We cannot waste any more of workers’ money in trying to get a court to force the federation to take us back when it is clear that Cosatu has been hijacked by the ANC-led alliance, turning Cosatu into a labour desk of the ANC and the SACP," the union said in a statement on Monday.

Cosatu, in reaction to Numsa's statement, said it had not received a formal letter from Numsa informing it that the union was withdrawing its appeal.

"Until such time that they officially inform the federation of their decision, we will not take any different decisions on the matter," Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said.

Numsa said its nine regions and 52 locals were unanimous in their decision to finally part ways with Cosatu and not try to re-enter the fold.

Numsa said its members felt there was no point in appealing because it was clear from Cosatu's special national congress held in July that the trade union federation's president Sdumo Dlamini's "clique" would do everything in their power to exclude Numsa and expelled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Vavi was expelled from Cosatu in April this year.

There were calls, by affiliates which supported Vavi and Numsa, for Cosatu to allow them to appeal their expulsions at the special congress, but permission was denied. 

If they were going to appeal, they would only be allowed to do so at the normal congress to be held later this month.

"As Numsa, we have undertaken all efforts to reclaim Cosatu, but that this has been in vain," the union said.

Numsa said it agreed with Motlanthe that the tripartite alliance was dead.

"Numsa abandoned the ANC and was also expelled from Cosatu for precisely arriving at this correct political position, among other important things. The alliance is dead," said Numsa.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  numsa  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.