‘There’s no way Numsa can reclaim Cosatu’

Numsa’s Karl Cloete says their NEC has made up its mind about the relationship with Cosatu.

FILE: Numsa has previously resolved that that federation could turn into a new political party. Picture: Twitter, @Radio702.

JOHANNEBSURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says its National Executive Committee (NEC) has resolved that there is no chance it can reclaim Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) or be properly readmitted into the federation.

Last week, Cosatu's Special National Congress failed to take a decision to readmit Numsa after its Central Executive Committee (CEC) expelled Numsa last year.

Numsa's Deputy General Secretary Karl Cloete says their NEC has made up its mind about the relationship with Cosatu.

"There is no possibility for Numsa to reclaim Cosatu but a genuine effort on the part of Cosatu to re-admit Numsa and therefore we are literally at the end of the road."

He says that means that a planned summit could launch a new union federation.

"The National Workers Summit is probably the beginning of a platform for unions inside and outside Cosatu, to talk about the future of the labour movement in South Africa."

Numsa has previously resolved that that federation could turn into a new political party.

Last week, Cosatu President S'dumo Dlamini told delegates at Cosatu's Special National Congress that Numsa is trying to destroy the federation and does not intend returning to the fold.

Dlamini lashed out at unions that boycotted the CEC meetings in support of Numsa.

He said Numsa had ample time to return to the federation but chose not to.

"Blame us then and say we've expelled 360,000 members. No, we didn't do that. We protected Cosatu union against cannibalisation by one other Cosatu union."

Dlamini said Numsa did not have any allies within Cosatu.

"There is nothing like Numsa allies; there is Cosatu unions."