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Cosatu to decide on special congress

A special briefing today could also explain whether or not Zwelinzima Vavi misspent Cosatu funds.

FILE: A special briefing today could also explain whether or not Zwelinzima Vavi misspent Cosatu funds. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is expected to confirm this morning if and when it will go ahead with a special congress, and what action it is planning to take against its suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

But Eyewitness News understands there has been no decision on whether to suspend the National Union of Mineworkers South Africa (Numsa) or its leadership from the federation.

On Monday, Cosatu called a special Central Executive Committee meeting amid speculation that Numsa was planning to leave the federation.

While no one will comment on the record, it's understood some decisions have been taken about whether this special congress will go ahead.

Of the nine unions calling for the congress, it's thought eight were not represented in this meeting, which may mean it did not have the proper quorum for proper decisions to be taken.

Today's briefing could also explain how much progress has been made with a forensic report into whether Vavi misspent Cosatu funds.

Tensions within Cosatu still appear to be rising after nine unions held a joint press conference in January, without Cosatu being represented.

Meanwhile, mutiny is brewing within the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu), with its regional officials lambasting its top leadership for attending Cosatu's meeting.

Four of Ceppwawu's seven regions claim the union's president Thamsanqa Mhlongo and general secretary Simon Mofokeng were not mandated to attend yesterday's gathering.

The 80,000 strong union is supporting a bid to get Vavi reinstated as Cosatu's general secretary and has called for the special congress to be held.

Ceppwawu North West regional chairperson Scotch Dibetso says members have lost confidence in the leadership.

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