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Numsa's court bid postponed

This paves the way for Cosatu to meet tomorrow to decide on the metalworkers union's fate.

FILE: Nine unions in Cosatu have argued that the possible expulsion of Numsa is only a tactic to remove the federation's secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Numsa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s court bid to prevent its possible expulsion from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has been postponed, paving the way for the trade union federation to meet tomorrow to decide on its fate.

Earlier today, the court heard arguments by the union saying it had not been given the proper details of Cosatu's charges against it.

But Judge Brian Mashile ordered that the matter be postponed to a date still to be confirmed.

Cosatu's senior council Pearce Roodt told court that Numsa is using delaying tactics by trying to get an urgent interdict to prevent its possible expulsion by the trade union.

Roodt told the court that Numsa received a letter from Cosatu in February in which the charges were listed and there is no basis to Numsa's argument.

He said the letter refers to Numsa's special congress in December where it took the decision not to support the ANC in the general elections which goes against Cosatu's Constitution.

Nine unions in Cosatu have argued that the possible expulsion of Numsa is only a tactic to remove the federation's secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi.