Numsa plans to take Dlamini to HRC

The union claims the Cosatu president tried to incite violence among workers.

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has announced its intention to report Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sidumo Dlamini to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) for allegedly inciting violence among workers.

Numsa claims Dlamini called on members from health and education union Nehawu to arm themselves with sticks and prepare to contest for membership.

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.

This is despite Numsa appealing its expulsion from Cosatu.

The metalworkers union's Irvin Jim has called on Dlamini to publicly withdraw his call.

"We demand that he clarify his statement and we call on members of the affiliates to deal with the division in the workers' movement peacefully."

But Dlamini has denied ever making the comments.

He says Numsa leaders are confused and have misinterpreted his address to Nehawu's central committee last week.

"I never said workers should use sticks, I said they should use their unions to defend themselves."

Last week Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi reiterated the trade union federation is headed for a major split unless its alliance partners can intervene.

Vavi said while he was at odds with Cosatu, he was not going anywhere.