Numsa slams ANC and SACP

Numsa says ANC and SACP are trying to remove Zwelinzima Vavi but only Cosatu members can make that decision.

FILE: Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim speaks to reporters after a meeting of the trade union's central committee in Johannesburg, Thursday, 18 August 2011. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has slammed the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the ANC for what it calls isolating suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi when it calls for unity in the Tripartheid Alliance.

Numsa has filed legal papers in the South Gauteng High Court and is taking its own federation to court for unconstitutionally suspending Vavi.

Numsa's Irvin Jim says Vavi can only be removed through proper structures at a special congress where the members can make the call.

It is still unclear whether there will be enough support from affiliated unions to call this congress.

Jim has criticised specifically ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe for creating factions within Cosatu while at the same time preaching unity within the Tripartheid Alliance.

"The unity of Cosatu remains the same [whether you like the leader or not]. Once workers have elected a leader [it's final]."

Numsa says the ANC and SACP leadership is trying to remove Vavi but only Cosatu members can make that decision.