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Cosatu, Numsa battle in court

The union & federation will battle it out in the High Court to have the expulsion decision reversed.

FILE: Tough questions about the stand off between rival factions within Cosatu. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is today expected to file court papers explaining why National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) should remain expelled.

Numsa was kicked out of the trade union federation last year after it refused to endorse the African National Congress ahead of last year's elections.

Since the decision was taken, the union has maintained that it's unconstitutional and would not hold in a court of law.

This will be tested today as the unions battle it out in the High Court to have the decision reversed.

Cosatu has charged that Numsa delayed the court action as it intends to launch a political party through the united front.

Meanwhile, Cosatu has already welcomed a new metalworkers union, Lamusa into the federation as Numsa's replacement.