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Numsa criticises Dlamini ahead of Cosatu congress

Numsa appealed to delegates attending the congress to stand up against those who try to destroy Cosatu.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Expelled National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has lashed out at Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sidumo Dlamini saying he wants to lead the federation to the slaughterhouse.

Cosatu will begin its special congress Monday where some unions aim to raise the issues of its former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and Numsa's expulsion form the federation.

Numsa was expelled from the trade union federation last year, marking the first split of the worker federation since it was formed in 1985.

Earlier this year, Cosatu's CEC voted 31 votes to one, to fire Vavi.

The trade union federation dismissed Vavi for what it said was gross misconduct and ill-discipline.

The gross misconduct included missing three meetings without a valid reason, bringing the federation into disrepute and sowing divisions among its affiliates.

The metalworkers union says this is an extremely special congress and has appealed to delegates to stand up against those who try to destroy the federation.

The union's Karl Cloete said, "Cosatu isn't the private political vehicle of Sidumo and his friends and backers in the ANC and SACP. Cosatu belongs to all the members of all its affiliates."

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