'Cosatu had a predetermined agenda'

Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete says Numsa is now taking legal advice.

Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete. Picture: Numsa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting last week started with a predetermined outcome to expel the union from the federation.

Last week, the CEC adjourned its meeting and said it would meet again next month when Numsa would be asked to justify why it should not be expelled.

Numsa's National Executive Committee has also reaffirmed its earlier special congress resolution to withdraw the union's support for the African National Congress (ANC) and the alliance.

Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete says last week's meeting clearly had a set agenda in mind.

"The manner in which the Cosatu CEC took place sees a predetermined outcome to want to expel Numsa."

He says Numsa is now taking legal advice ahead of deciding whether to attend that meeting or to boycott it.

Numsa has repeatedly refused to change its decision to withdraw support from the ANC and says it's justified in poaching members from other unions.

Its opponents are losing members and believe Numsa is sabotaging Cosatu and working against the ruling party.

In the meantime, even the federation's own leaders say its paralysed and unable to achieve any of its goals.