Dlamini denies being forced to call a special congress

Dlamini says Numsa's claim that the order is a victory for the unions supporting Vavi is false.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President Sdumo Dlamini says the federation has not been forced to call a special national congress and today's order is the result of an out of court settlement to safeguard the federation's integrity.

Earlier today the High Court in Johannesburg ordered Cosatu to convene the congress in July, but Dlamini says those dates had already been set in November last year.

Seven Cosatu affiliates petitioned the president to convene the congress in a 2013 meeting and yesterday said the current divisions would not have existed if this happened.

Dlamini says National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s claim that the order is a victory for the unions supporting Zwelinzima Vavi is false and Cosatu is the real winner.

"If anybody should claim victory it should be Cosatu because the unions that were boycotting see the need to participate."