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Numsa: Expulsion a 'predetermined plan'

The metalworkers union says it knows of a plan to cause disunity from within the organisation.

File: Numsa members during a strike in northern Johannesburg on 9 September 2013. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday said it is now aware of a plan by people within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to destabilise it and create a revolt against its leaders.

The union formally gave Cosatu a list of reasons why it should not be suspended or expelled from the federation on Friday.

But Numsa says it knows a plan has been drawn up by its enemies to try and create disunity from within.

Numsa's Deputy General Secretary Karl Cloete says, "We would not be surprised if there are plans to establish a metalworkers union by the time Numsa is kicked out of Cosatu, which is clearly the predetermined plan."

He also says some people might even disguise themselves in Numsa T-shirts to confuse members.

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

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

Numsa on Friday responded that it will not allow a faction of Cosatu to expel it from the federation that it helped create.

Cloete warned if they were expelled, they would take militant action.