Cosatu congress to go ahead

Numsa says a declaration by Sadtu won't stop a special Cosatu congress from going ahead.

Cosatu's headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says a declaration by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) denouncing calls for a special Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) congress will not stop the gathering from going ahead.

Sadtu says its members have resolved to oppose calls for a special Cosatu congress that will let members decide on suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's future.

Vavi was removed from his post in August after admitting to having sex with a younger Cosatu employee who initially accused him of rape.

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

Numsa treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo says it doesn't matter what Sadtu wants because Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini has confirmed a special congress will happen.

Numsa has been Vavi's strongest ally since his suspension while Sadtu suspended its President Thobile Ntola for his support of Vavi.