Cosatu planning special congress

Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee is locked in a meeting planning the organisation's special congress.

Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) house in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Picture: Janice Healing/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Central Executive Committee (CEC) is still locked in a meeting this afternoon, planning the organisation's special congress.

Two weeks ago Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini agreed to hold a special congress after National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and eight others started a court application to force it to hold the gathering.

Numsa has been expelled from the trade federation while the CEC has removed Zwelinzima Vavi as its general secretary.

While this is a closed-door meeting it's understood that preparations for the special congress are one of the main items on the agenda.

That conference is now due to be held in July and could see demands for Numsa to be reinstated.

One of the main areas of contention will be the agenda for that conference.

Supporters of Vavi are likely to ask that a leadership election be held that could see him re-elected to his post.

But unions supporting Dlamini are in the majority and are likely to oppose plans for a leadership contest.