Numsa considers legal opinion

Cosatu's Karl Cloete says they need to find out if Cosatu’s proposed action is legal.

Numsa says the union needs to find out if Cosatu’s proposed action is legal. Picture: Numsa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it's going to ask lawyers to investigate whether the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is following the proper legal procedures by asking it to justify why it should not be expelled or suspended before deciding whether it will attend the federation's central executive committee (CEC) meeting next month.

Last week, the CEC adjourned its meeting after preparing to vote on whether Numsa should 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 they need to find out if Cosatu's proposed action is legal.

"Then we are able to make a determination what exactly we are going to do ahead of the special CEC on 7 November as to attendance and representation and the content thereof."

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.