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Numsa threatens Cosatu with ‘militant action’

The metalworkers union says it won’t allow criminals to take Cosatu away from them.

FILE: The metalworkers union says it won’t allow criminals to take Cosatu away from them. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Friday said it will not allow a faction of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to expel it from the federation that it helped create.

The metalworkers union confirmed it will hand in its reply to Cosatu's demand for reasons why it should not be expelled or suspended from the trade union federation.

Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete says if they are expelled, they'll take militant action.

"Why should we allow criminals to take Cosatu away from us?"

Earlier this week, Cosatu said Numsa was pursuing policies aimed at destroying the trade union federation, the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party.

While the process of expelling Numsa has been long and drawn out, it now seems that it could soon be reaching a climax.