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Numsa lodges court papers to halt Cosatu CEC meeting

Numsa's Irvin Jim says they now want a court to decide whether this meeting can go forward.

FILE: Numsa has repeatedly refused to change its decision to withdraw support from the ANC & says it’s justified in poaching members from other unions. Picture: Numsa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it's now lodged an urgent application to stop the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting from going ahead on Friday because it believes other unions have a predetermined agenda to expel it.

The meeting is scheduled to discuss whether Numsa should be expelled from Cosatu after deciding to withdraw its support for the African National Congress (ANC).

Ten days ago, the CEC meeting adjourned after starting the process that would lead to a vote on Numsa's future.

Other Cosatu unions say Numsa has broken the federation's rules by withdrawing its support for the ANC.

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.

At the same time, other Cosatu unions say Numsa has broken the federation's rules by withdrawing its support for the ANC.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim says they now want a court to decide whether this meeting can go forward.

"It's up to the court to suggest the best way forward. In our view, we think the best way forward would be the special congress where workers themselves must be allowed to take a decision."

He says some unions have clearly already decided to expel Numsa.

"The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union went public today in a press conference calling for the removal of Numsa. So we know that the minds of all those affiliates are made up."

Cosatu has confirmed the papers have been lodged.