Cosatu: We aren't afraid of Numsa

Sidumo Dlamini will make a final decision on whether Cosatu will hold a special national congress.

Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sidumo Dlamini will make his final decision on whether the trade union federation will hold a special national congress at another meeting expected to be held in the next three months.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and nine other affiliates asked Cosatu to hold a special national congress, but Cosatu denied this request earlier this month.

Cosatu's national leadership says they aren't afraid of Numsa or being voted out of a special congress.

Cosatu second deputy president Zingiswa Losi says the federation's national leaders weren't only elected by Numsa.

"All national office bearers of Cosatu were elected unopposed in the last congress. So why must we fear if one affiliate remains or not?"

Cosatu has also given Numsa another seven days to motivate why it mustn't be suspended or expelled.

In December, Numsa took a resolution not to actively campaign for the ANC in the upcoming general elections.

Cosatu's Central Executive Committee (CEC) will decide in a special meeting what action should be taken against Numsa.

Meanwhile, Cosatu on Thursday condemned reports of a motion of no-confidence in its national leadership.

The trade union federation's CEC met this week to discuss several issues, including unity within the organisation.

At least 10 affiliates in Gauteng reportedly told the committee to step down during its meeting.

Cosatu condemned this in the strongest terms, saying such a move was uncalled for and not in the nature of the organisation.

Since General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's suspension last year, pending an investigation into alleged misconduct with a junior employee, Cosatu has been divided.

The federation is largely split between those backing Vavi and those supporting Dlamini.