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Numsa questions Dlamini's leadership

Numsa believes Cosatu's president has failed to lead the organisation following the Vavi scandal.

Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini. Picture:Werner Beukes/Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sdumo Dlamini has come under fire from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) following the Zwelinzima Vavi scandal.

In July, Vavi was accused of rape by a young Cosatu employee.

However, she dropped rape charges soon afterwards.

Vavi denied raping the woman saying they had consensual sex in January.

He also revealed that the woman tried to get R2 million from him in return for her silence.

Some have described the whole incident as politically motivated.

Numsa has accused Dlamini of prejudging Vavi.

Deputy secretary general of the union, Carl Cloete, told Midday Report that Dlamini failed to show strong leadership.

"We think the Cosatu president has a supreme responsibility to work for the unity of all the affiliated unions and its memberships within Cosatu. One of the things we expect at this time when Cosatu is confronted with a crisis, and is bleeding internally, is the president show leadership and bring all factions together in the interest of the workers and the working class. But we see something different."

Cloete said they were concerned about Dlamini's silence on the issue.

"There is no report yet communicated to the affiliated unions instead it was declared on the media that the general secretary has brought the party into disrepute."

Meanwhile, Cosatu is expected to meet on Wednesday and it is not yet clear whether they will discuss Vavi.

Vavi has since apologised to the nation for having an affair.

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