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Numsa's allies launch rebellion against Cosatu

Numsa's allies in Cosatu say victimisation won’t stop them from speaking out.

FILE: Cosatu House in Braamfontein. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - As the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) prepares to clarify its r easons for expelling Numsa, its affiliates have launched a rebellion against the leadership.

They say the fear of being victimised cannot dissuade them from saving the federation's soul.

Cosatu will today address the public for the first time since the decision was taken to axe the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Seven Cosatu unions yesterday threw their weight behind the metalworkers and announced a withdrawal from Cosatu's top structures.

The unions include Fawu, Sasawu, Pawusa, Saccawu, Denosa and the CWU.

They will now reinstate court action for a special national congress and ask their members what to do about Numsa's expulsion.

Fawu president Atwell Nazo says tough questions need to be asked and the fear of expulsion cannot stop this from happening.

"We can't fear expulsion in the federation. Let it be. We cannot run away from talking the truth and defending our members."

Nazo says this is because the federation's leadership has failed to unify the affiliates.

"Currently as we see it at has now being controlled by the few who are changing the direction of that federation which we all know."

At the same time the South African Football Players Union (Safpu) who has also decided to stop taking part in Cosatu's top structure meetings says this comes after months of frustration and disregard for the organisation's constitution.

Safpu general secretary Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe says members can't be forced into decision making.

"We can't continuously be saying lets go to that committee that automatically will make you to endorse the decisions. Whether you agree or disagree you will endorse them by default simply because you are there, but we have not."

It's still unclear what Numsa has been found guilty of and a full explanation is expected at a Cosatu's briefing later today.