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Numsa claims Cosatu wants it expelled over political score

The union also claims it was referred to as a 'force of darkness' during Cosatu's CEC meeting.

FILE:  Numsa says Cosatu has refused to explain what case it needs to answer in order to remain in the federation. Picture: Numsa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) claims it was referred to as a "force of darkness" in a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting and that union leaders only want it expelled because they have a political score to settle over the suspension of Zwelinzima Vavi.

In legal papers lodged as part of an application to stop a CEC meeting from continuing on Friday, the metalworkers union also says Cosatu has refused to explain what case it needs to answer in order to remain in the federation.

Ten days ago, Cosatu's CEC meeting adjourned as the process to vote on whether to expel Numsa was about to begin.

In their legal papers, Numsa says Cosatu's first deputy president Tyotyo James, said in a CEC meeting that members "must shame the forces of darkness" which the union says is a veiled reference to Numsa.

The union also claims Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini behaved during CEC meetings as if he was clearly biased against them.

Numsa says it was able to overturn Vavi's suspension and thus Cosatu now has a political score to settle.

It also claims that this is an urgent legal matter and that the interests of the worker population of the country are at risk.

Click here to view Numsa's legal papers.