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Vavi backs calls for Numsa to be at Cosatu congress

Vavi says he’ll only appeal his dismissal from Cosatu at the congress if Numsa is allowed to attend.

Dismissed Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Zwelinzima Vavi says he will only appeal his dismissal from Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) at the special national congress if National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is allowed to attend.

Numsa approached the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday, asking that the union be urgently included in next month's congress before Cosatu's accreditation committee meets on Wednesday. Most of Cosatu's leaders were in court along with the leaders of unions loyal to the metalworkers' union.

The matter was later struck off the roll with Numsa ordered to pay costs.

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

Vavi says workers should be allowed to decide whether Numsa returns to the fold.

"If Numsa goes to the congress then I will be there and I hope that many other workers will be there to listen to us and be able to sift the lies from the truth."

Meanwhile, the Liberated Metalworkers' Union of South Africa (Limusa) joined a court bid to prevent the Numsa from taking part in the congress.

Limusa replaced Numsa as Cosatu's official metalworkers' union earlier this year.

WATCH: Numsa takes Cosatu to court.