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Vavi supporters to push for special congress

Zwelinzima Vavi’s supporters want a special congress to decide on the future of the leaders in Cosatu.

Numsa and other affiliates in support of Vavi address media outside the South Gauteng High Court ON 4 April 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Supporters of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi say they will now push for a special congress to decide on the future of the leaders in the labour federation.

Vavi's suspension was declared invalid by a court last week.

He was suspended last year after admitting to having sex with a junior employee at work.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s Karl Cloete says members have lost confidence in Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini, calling for a special national congress in order to decide whether he must be removed.

Cloete says Numsa believes Dlamini has made the crisis in the federation worse.

"Therefore, we think he must step down. But we insist that the next thing that must happen is the convening of the Cosatu special national congress."

Cloete says time must now be spent on uniting the trade union federation, rather than wasting time and money on appealing the matter.