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Satawu and Numsa go head to head

Competition is rising among Cosatu affiliates as Vavi allies start recruiting in each other's sectors.

Competition rises as amongst Cosatu affiliates as allies of Vavi start recruiting in each other's sectors.

JOHANNESBURG - The battle for membership among Cosatu affiliates is heating up as allies and opponents of suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi start recruiting in each other's sectors.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) last year broadened its scope of recruitment to all sectors which are in line with its value chain and now the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) says it wants to do the same.

Numsa has made significant inroads in the mining sector, attracting enough workers to start a wage strike at Anglo Platinum.

This has angered the National Union of Mineworkers as it is in direct breach of Cosatu's constitution.

Satawu spokesman Vincent Masoga says they've already started luring Numsa members from the retail motor industry.

"We are able to start speaking to some of those companies and start engaging with them because we are directly linked to them."