Shock waves continue after Numsa's expulsion
Sanco described Numsa’s expulsion from Cosatu as a huge setback while the ANC called the situation tragic.
JOHANNESBURG - The expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is continuing to draw sharp criticism.
The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has described it as a huge setback while the African National Congress (ANC) yesterday called the situation tragic.
The metalworkers union was expelled from Cosatu during a special Central Executive Committee meeting on Saturday morning.
Numsa was expelled by a vote of 33 to 24 after months of infighting and a widening rift between the union and Cosatu bosses.
General secretary Irvin Jim confirmed the expulsion yesterday morning.
Sanco's Godfrey Nkosi says the development is a bitter and heavy pill to swallow, not only for the workers in Cosatu, but for the South African society as well.
He says while millions of South Africans continue to pin their hopes and dreams on the trade union federation, Numsa's expulsion is regrettable and unfortunate.
At its special congress in December, the metalworkers union decided not to support the ANC in the May general elections, which went against Cosatu's policy.
Political analyst Ralph Matekga says Numsa may now enter politics.
"I don't think they will go into political alliance with any party such as the Economic Freedom Fighters as there are credibility issues, so they might form their own political party."
Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven says the labour federation is still trying to digest what happened.