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Cosatu votes on whether to expel Numsa

It’s understood union officials are now checking their mandates and ensuring they're ready for this vote.

FILE: As most of Cosatu's unions have been sharply critical of Numsa's behaviour, it seems likely this vote will go against the union. Picture: Janice Healing/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - It's understood that leaders of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s affiliates are going to vote on whether to expel the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

The process of preparing for that vote is now underway after unions strongly criticised Numsa's behaviour since it decided to withdraw its support from the African National Congress (ANC).

It's understood union officials are now checking their mandates and ensuring they're ready for this vote.

As most of Cosatu's unions have been sharply critical of Numsa's behaviour, it seems likely this vote will go against the union and thus its leaders will have to leave Cosatu House this afternoon.

But Cosatu officials will also know this vote has the potential to completely change South African politics as it could lead to the formation of a worker's party that will challenge the ANC directly.