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Cosatu 'must not be built on lies'

Cosatu boss Sdumo Dlamini warns the trade union federation cannot be built on lies and conspiracy.

Cosatu boss Sdumo Dlamini warns the trade union federation cannot be built on lies and conspiracy. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sdumo Dlamini has warned that the trade union federation must not be built on lies, individuals and conspiracies.

More than two months ago, the federation's General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, was suspended pending an investigation after he admitted to having an affair with a subordinate.

Dlamini addressed the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) at a conference in Kempton Park, along with other representatives of the alliance, on Friday.

He says the challenges the trade union federation is currently facing are but a phase and there are no splits within Cosatu.

"If there was going to be a split, it would have happened by now."

It's been reported Cosatu's largest union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), is still deciding whether it will break away from the federation.

But African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Malusi Gigaba has cautioned the alliance partners not to turn their back on the ANC.

Meanwhile the South African Communist Party (SACP)'s Thulas Nxesi has given Cosatu a stern warning to get its house in order.