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Numsa suspends shop steward Losi

Zingiswa Losi also happens to be Cosatu’s second deputy president.

FILE: Cosatu Second Deputy President Zingiswa Losi speaks about their battle against labour brokers at a news conference in Johannesburg on 20 June 2013. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Zingiswa Losi has been suspended from her post as a full-time shop steward of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Losi also happens to be the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s second deputy president.

Numsa confirmed the suspension on Tuesday, but says it's not in a position to reveal reasons for the move.

Losi served as a full-time shop steward for Numsa at the Ford Motor Company in Port Elizabeth, which has been hit by a four-week long strike for higher wages.

Numsa Port Elizabeth Secretary Bandla Mtshiselwa wouldn't offer an explanation for the suspension.

"We confirm her suspension as a full-time shop steward and we can also confirm that there will be a disciplinary committee. As an organisation, we're not in a position to deal with the issue on a public level."

Numsa is at the forefront of a battle to get Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi back to work.

Vavi was suspended from his post in August after admitting to having sex with a younger Cosatu employee.

He was also accused of hiring the woman through improper procedures.

A number of unions, including Numsa, have thrown their support behind Vavi.

They are calling for a special congress to be held which will let members decide on his future.