Vavi 'can’t answer directly' if he’d follow Numsa

It’s been claimed by some Cosatu leaders that Vavi has been favouring Numsa.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says he can't answer direct questions about whether he would leave the federation if the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) was expelled.

Last night, Cosatu's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting adjourned, after preparing to vote on whether to expel the metalworkers union.

It will now meet again next month.

Vavi appeared to hesitate when asked if his own future could follow that of Numsa.

"It's very difficult to say that. I don't want to make pre-emptive statements. Let's have a discussion, let's see where things are going."

It's been claimed by some union leaders that he's been favouring Numsa, even though most Cosatu unions believe it's Numsa that has broken the federation's rules.

Cosatu's CEC met to vote on the fate of the union following it's criticism of the federation and the withdrawal of its support for the African National Congress (ANC).

Numsa has been pressing a militant left-wing agenda after falling out with the ANC over economic and labour policy.

This latest development appears to show how seriously Cosatu leaders are taking this decision. It's the second time they have stepped back from the brink of expelling their biggest affiliate.