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Cosatu hints at Numsa expulsion

Cosatu says Numsa's leaders are pursuing policies aimed at destroying the federation.

Cosatu says Numsa's leaders are pursuing policies aimed at destroying the federation. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The national leadership of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) say leaders of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) are pursuing policies aimed at destroying the trade union federation, the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP).

The trade union federation says while it will still give Numsa a chance to respond to the allegations, they believe the metalworkers union's leaders are simply trying to make sure the ANC loses the upcoming general elections.

Yesterday Numsa said it wouldn't form a party to contest this year's polls but that it would take a decision next year about starting a new political formation.

Speaking on behalf of Cosatu's national office bearers, acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says they are still going to give Numsa a chance to respond to their claims against it.

"As things stand now we see Numsa leadership pursuing an agenda that doesn't only stand in opposition to Cosatu policies, but is aimed at destroying Cosatu and the ANC."

This seems to be the strongest indication yet that Cosatu is preparing to expel Numsa.

Meanwhile, Numsa said on Sunday that it would honour a seven-day deadline set by Cosatu for it to motivate why it should not be expelled from the trade union federation.

Numsa members resolved to withdraw support from the ANC and called on the federation to break away from the tripartite alliance.

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