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Numsa leaders to meet on Cosatu

Cosatu's national leaders say there is no doubt Numsa is working against the federation.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s top leaders are meeting today to draw up their final response to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s demand for reasons as to why Numsa should not be suspended or expelled from the federation.

On Wednesday Cosatu's national leaders said there was no doubt Numsa was working against the federation and wanted the ANC to lose an election.

It's understood that Numsa will give a full and detailed response to Cosatu.

But it seems unlikely that that response will be designed to appease Cosatu's leaders, who are clearly furious at Numsa, for discussing whether it should start a new political party.

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

Meanwhile, Cosatu's national leaders said on Wednesday they can't let the Numsa destroy the federation and start a new political party while staying within Cosatu.

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