7 Cosatu affiliates suspend participation in CEC

The unions have described Numsa's expulsion from Cosatu as a sad and shameful week for South Africa.

FILE: Numsa was expelled from Cosatu at the weekend. Picture: Twitter via @Radio702.

JOHANNESBURG - Seven Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) affiliate unions, loyal to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have suspended their participation in Cosatu's Central Executive Committee (CEC) and political bureau meetings with immediate effect.

Their decision follows Numsa's expulsion from Cosatu at the weekend, which the unions have described as a sad and shameful week for South Africa.

The unions include the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), the South African State and Allied Workers Union (Sasawu), the Public and Allied Workers Union of South Africa, the Communication Workers Union, the South African Football Players Union, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa and the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union.

These are the same unions that voted against the motion to kick Numsa out.

General Secretary of Fawu, Katishi Masemola, announced the decision in Johannesburg earlier.

"With immediate effect, we are suspending our participation and cooperation in Cosatu boardroom politics.

"Secondly, we are urgently calling and convening our NECs and TECs as individual unions in order to discuss the crisis in Cosatu and to reaffirm our mandates or even get fresher mandates."

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Meanwhile Numsa's Irvin Jim says Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi will most likely be targeted by rival factions in the trade union federation, now that Numsa has been kicked out.

"Vavi I think is the next on the list. If Numsa is not there, they will completely burn Zwelinzima Vavi because this whole thing is basically to burn the federation of workers."