Vavi echoes concerns over Cosatu/Numsa tension
Vavi has reiterated that Cosatu is headed for a major split unless its alliance partners can intervene.
CAPE TOWN - Congress South African Trade Union (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi has reiterated the trade union federation is headed for a major split unless its alliance partners can intervene.
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) was voted out of the Cosatu last month by 33 votes to 24 and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.
He says while he's at odds with Cosatu he's going nowhere.
"I have placed hope in the process, but we have to recognise that Cosatu is splitting after the dismissal of Numsa that I don't agree with."
Yesterday, the metalworkers union said a report claiming to be an intelligence document showing that it wants to destabilise the country, is part of a pattern of using intelligence forces to deal with legitimate campaigns.
The document, titled 'Exposed - Secret Regime Change Plot to Destabilise South Africa', features the names of Numsa officials and civil society leaders that have associated with the union's united front.
It also accuses the union of inviting experts to refine the so-called regime change plot at its international symposium on socialism held in Boksburg earlier this year
Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete said this letter comes after cars belonging to union officials were broken into and laptops stolen.
He added that people claiming to work for the State Security Agency have approached their members.