Cosatu 'not ready' for special congress

Sidumo Dlamini says the federation’s unity is likely to be tested at such a gathering.

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it isn't ready to hold a special national congress to resolve its internal battles because the federation's unity is likely to be tested at such a gathering.

A third of Cosatu's 19 affiliates called for the congress last year following the suspension of the union's general secretary.

Vavi was suspended for having an affair with a junior employee but his suspension was lifted in April after the High Court ruled it was unconstitutional.

Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini says once the union is able to ensure the safety of the federation's unity, they will proceed with the congress.

"There is no guarantee the special congress will unite Cosatu."


Cosatu is expected to reveal what the African National Congress (ANC)'s special task team has achieved in its efforts to prevent the federation from splitting over a decision by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) to withdraw its support from the ruling party.

Cosatu held a special Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting on Tuesday where the ANC's task team reported back on its intervention.

Cosatu's last CEC meeting saw dramatic scenes, as it appeared Numsa was about to be expelled before Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa intervened as the leader of an ANC task team.