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Cosatu boss: Calls for my resignation not legitimate

S'dumo Dlamini says calls for him to resign are being made in the media and are therefore not legitimate.

Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini. Picture: Cosatu Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President S'dumo Dlamini says he has not received any request for his resignation from affiliates and it is therefore not up for consideration.

Seven Cosatu unions supporting the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday called for Dlamini to step down, due to the metalworkers union's expulsion and what they call a widening rift between affiliates.

Dlamini says the call for him to resign was made in the media and is not legitimate.

"Those fellows were saying that in the media. There is nothing that has been brought to Cosatu or myself. All we can say is that we're calling for all Cosatu unions to follow the political process that has been agreed to."

The unions say they intend challenging Numsa's dismissal from Cosatu in court.

Meanwhile, Numsa on Thursday said it suspects Cosatu leaders are trying to use its general-secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, to prevent its seven allies from abandoning the federation.

It was widely expected that Vavi would leave Cosatu with Numsa after its expulsion but at its last meeting, disciplinary charges against him were not reinstated.

Numsa general-secretary Irvin Jim says he believes Vavi is being spared the chop by rival factions in Cosatu because of the risk of a mass walkout.