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Verdict expected in Numsa’s reinstatement bid

The union will find out today whether it still has a chance to fight its way back into Cosatu.

FILE. Supporters of Numsa. Picture: @Radio702 via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will know this morning whether it still has a chance to fight its way back into the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s fold.

Numsa, with the support of right other unions still affiliated to Cosatu, will be heading to the High Court in Johannesburg in its latest bid at reinstatement.

It also wants the court to allow its attendance at Cosatu's Special National Congress next month.

WATCH: Numsa takes Cosatu to court

Numsa plans to fight its expulsion at the Special National Congress, which is scheduled for 13 and 14 July but said it believes Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini and other officials are deliberately trying to shut it out.

The union's General Secretary Irvin Jim said they strongly believe they've taken the right step because the congress has the power to rescind the expulsion.

"We are appealing to all individual members of Cosatu to stand up and reclaim their federation."

Jim said the union also wants the court to prevent its replacement union, the Liberated Metalworkers of South Africa (Limusa) from attending the congress.

Limusa was admitted into Cosatu in March this year after Numsa was kicked out.