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Numsa pushes ahead with congress

Numsa says the fact that Cosatu won’t attend its special congress today will cause further tensions.

Irvin Jim. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will push ahead with its special congress in Boksburg today.

Initially, the congress was delayed due to the 10 days of mourning for Nelson Mandela, but union members are determined to meet to decide whether or not they'll back the ANC in next year's elections.

Numsa is also threatening to split from Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and a final decision will be made during the four-day congress this week.

The union wants Cosatu's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to be reinstated.

Vavi was suspended earlier this year after a humiliating sex scandal involving a Cosatu staffer.

In addition, Numsa is demanding the ANC abandon the National Development Plan (NDP).

The union will also have to appoint a new president after Cedric Gina resigned last month.

Meanwhile, Numsa says Cosatu's president, S'dumo Dlamini, has not confirmed his attendance at its special congress.

The metalworker's union has therefore excluded the trade union federation from its congress.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim says the fact that Dlamini and other Cosatu members will not be at the congress will only cause further tensions.

"There's no confirmation and even if they come, there's no registration that's been done for them. It's strange, but we are not surprised. The key leadership of Cosatu, the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress have been on a conscious stance to bash Numsa."

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