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Cosatu affiliates agree to 'ceasefire'

The trade union federation says it will allow everyone involved in its dispute time to calm down.

Cosatu's headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Wednesday said all of its affiliates and structures have agreed to stop attacking each other.

This will allow everyone involved in the dispute some time to calm down.

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday asked union leaders to agree to what he called a "ceasefire" during the trade union federation's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven says, "I think we all understood what he meant that we should cool down and whatever our differences, discuss them in a calm, comradely fashion."

That CEC was expected to take a final decision to expel the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), its largest affiliate.

This after the union withdrew its support for the ANC in December.

Tuesday's meeting was recently reinstated Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's first CEC gathering since the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday ruled that his suspension was illegal and unlawful.

Vavi was placed on special leave last year after admitting to having consensual sex with a junior employee at work.