Limusa opposes Numsa presence at special national congress

Limusa has replaced Numsa as Cosatu’s official metalworkers union.

FILE: Numsa was expelled as Cosatu’s official metalworkers union. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa) has now joined a court bid to prevent the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from taking part in a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) special national congress.

The matter is being heard in the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Limusa replaced Numsa as Cosatu's official metalworkers union.

Numsa launched this court bid for the inclusion in the special national congress to challenge the expulsion from Cosatu.

The special national congress is scheduled for 13 and 14 July.

It's also applying to the court to have Limusa excluded from this congress.

This will now be challenged in court and the union's lawyer saying she only received Numsa's legal papers last night.

Cosatu has maintained that Numsa's expulsion is final and it can only be appealed at an ordinary congress.

Most of Cosatu's leaders are in court today along with the leaders of unions loyal to Numsa.

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Meanwhile, former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says Numsa's court application is a waste of money by the federation.

Vavi, who is also in court, says it's ironic that Cosatu leaders have taken this decision.

"We want to be there to present our case to the parliament of the workers. The irony here is that here are people who are telling the world that they want to unite Cosatu, but they are spending millions of workers' money to keep workers out of the federation."