Numsa still part of Cosatu
Cosatu's CEC adjourned for the next two weeks, leaving a decision on Numsa unresolved.
JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) will stay part of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) for another two weeks, after the federation's Central Executive Committee (CEC) adjourned its special meeting yesterday.
Numsa said it believed this meeting would see the CEC finally expel it for withdrawing its support from the ANC.
Sources in this meeting say ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday offered the ruling party's help in facilitating discussions between the two main groups within Cosatu.
They also say that none of the unions represented had any objection to being a part of that process.
As a result both the discussion about Numsa and the future of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi have been put on hold for another two weeks.
Ramaphosa's involvement in the meeting could be a sign of how worried the ANC is that Cosatu is about to split.
Its exit could lead to eight other unions leaving the federation, and result in the creation of a new labour union formation and political party.
Ramaphosa may have argued that any split should be delayed until after the elections to avoid weakening the ANC itself.