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Numsa to take Cosatu to court if expelled

Cosatu might make the decision to expel Numsa at a Central Executive Committee meeting today.

FILE: Members of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa take part in strike action in Johannesburg. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EPA

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it will take the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to court if it goes ahead and expels it during the trade union's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting in Joburg today.

Numsa's urgent interdict to prevent this meeting was postponed by the high court yesterday.

The union's Karl Cloete says they regard this decision as a victory because it means they can now turn to the courts to argue their way out of being expelled.

"We wanted to be satisfied that the court would be coming to our rescue. So there has been no court ruling, but an agreement between the parties that we have the possibility to go back to court to argue why we should not have been expelled."

In a letter sent to Numsa earlier this year, Cosatu referred to the union's special congress in December where it took the decision not to support the African National Congress in the general elections.

This is given as one of the reasons the union faces expulsion, because it goes against Cosatu's Constitution.

Cloete says the union has wanted clarity on the charges against it for months now.

"Since February we have been asking Cosatu, what is it all that we must respond to because they listed five areas, but they say it's not limited to those five areas."