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'Cosatu will emerge stronger than ever'

Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini says the federation will emerge from its current problems stronger than ever.

FILE: Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini says Cosatu will bounce back stronger. Picture: Reinart Toerein/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Union's (Cosatu) president S'dumo Dlamini says the seven unions who suspended their participation in the union should come to the federation to talk.

On Monday, the seven unions said they would no longer take part in some Cosatu processes after its Central Executive Committee (CEC) voted to expel metalworkers union, Numsa, over the weekend.

Dlamini says these unions should talk through their issues.

He says they spent much of yesterday morning with Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalishali and admits they're going to miss Numsa in several ways.

Dlamini says the federation will emerge from its current problems stronger than ever.

He claims that there are still good feelings between Cosatu's national leaders and Vavi despite the secretary general not attending a press conference yesterday afternoon amid speculation he could follow Numsa out of the federation.

Vavi has been seen as a steady supporter of the metalworkers union.

Officials said he was meeting with his lawyers, but following the release of a letter Vavi wrote to union leaders yesterday afternoon, this statement seemed to be contradicted.

Dlamini has also lashed out at former Cosatu general secretaries Jay Naidoo and Mbhazima Shilowa telling them to stay away from the federation.