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Numsa await Cosatu's response

Cosatu has until 5pm to issue a formal legal response to Numsa.

Zwelinzima Vavi.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu has until 5pm to issue its formal legal response to National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) legal bid to have Zwelinzima Vavi's suspension as general secretary set aside.

It has already indicated to Numsa's attorney that it will be opposing the bid.

Vavi was suspended by Cosatu's Central Executive Committee nearly a month ago after admitting to having sex with a younger employee.

It now appears there was also a bid to get former Cosatu leaders to negotiate a settlement.

Numsa's legal papers refer to a meeting of former Cosatu leaders, its current leaders and the general secretaries of several of its affiliates along with Vavi himself.

It appears the meeting was an attempt to mediate some sort of solution to this dispute.

But the papers say at that meeting it was decided Vavi would stay suspended.

From Numsa's point of view this showed Cosatu would not budge from its position.

Cosatu must give its formal response today in which it will have to argue the meeting that saw Vavi suspended was fully legal and constitutional.