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Dlamini unmoved by calls to step down

Cosatu’s president says he doesn't take attacks by Numsa personally after it called for him to step down.

FILE IMAGE. Cosatu’s president says he doesn't take attacks by Numsa personally after it called for him to step down. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sdumo Dlamini says he doesn't take the attacks by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) personally, after the affiliated union called for him to step down.

This week Numsa's central committee resolved that Dlamini leave his office, accusing him of bringing the party into disrepute.

But the trade union federation's president says only Cosatu can decide his fate.

"There's not one union of Cosatu. I am looking at this as an organisational issue being raised wrongly by an affiliate."

An African National Congress (ANC) task team was established to intervene and restore the unity within Cosatu a month before the country's general elections.

The suspension of the federation's general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, caused affiliated unions to call for his reinstatement while other backed Dlamini's decision to suspend him.