'ANC failed to save Cosatu'

Fawu's deputy general secretary Moleko Phakadi says the ANC's intervention had little to no impact.

FILE: Cosatu's S'Dumo Dlamini with President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) says Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has been left worse off after the African National Congress (ANC) intervention to return stability to the federation.

It says its report was rejected by the same leaders that chose to expel Numsa.

Fawu and six other unions close to Numsa showed solidarity with the metalworkers and announced their withdrawal from Cosatu's top structures until their members give clarity on what should happen next.

Numsa was kicked out of Cosatu at the weekend, but it's still unclear which charges the union was found guilty of.

Fawu's deputy general secretary Moleko Phakadi says the ANC's intervention had little to no impact.

"We received the ANC intervention with our own reservation, not necessarily excited so to say. We are of the view that we are in a worse situation than we were. The same ANC task team report that was presented at the CEC was kicked out by those affiliates who believed that they needed to ensure Numsa's expulsion."


Meanwhile, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says the expulsion of Numsa, is bad for society as a whole.

He says a healthy political state could suffer from this.

Mantashe says this expulsion won't lead to more political competition.

"Instead of having political competition you may have violent polemics. Violent polemics don't add value to any debate. Violent polemics actually are constituted by snipping each other politically."

But he claims it's still possible for the various parts of Cosatu to come back together, if they swallow their pride.

"There must be readiness from all the parties that are fighting. They must be able to swallow their pride and give up some of the things they think is important."

But that seems very unlikely as Numsa will say it was a decision of their members to leave the alliance that led to this expulsion.