Numsa rallies behind Vavi

Numsa says action should be taken against Cosatu's national office bearers if Vavi wins his case.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says if the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg rules in Zwelinzima Vavi's favour in his case against the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), action should be taken against the federation's national office bearers who suspended him.

Judgment in Vavi's legal bid to have his suspension from the trade union federation was set aside yesterday.

Vavi was placed on 'special leave' in August last year after admitting to having sex with a junior employee in the federation's headquarters.

He claims Cosatu's constitution was not adhered to when the decision was taken.

But Cosatu leaders claim there was no basis for the allegations, saying Vavi tried to isolate the collective following their decision.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim told a handful of workers that their focus needs to be on reclaiming Cosatu from the leadership that suspended Vavi.

He says the union will most likely be back in court if Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini refuses to convene a special congress.

"They should be focusing their energy on uniting the federation and convening a special congress."

Numsa will also find out next week if their application to have a disciplinary hearing against Vavi scrapped is successful.