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Vavi: We've started building a new movement

Vavi told thousands of marchers from breakaway unions that they had given up on returning to the federation.

Hundreds of people have started gathering at Mary Fitzgerald square in central Johannesburg ahead of a march against corruption organised by Numsa on 14 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the metal workers union, National Union for Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), and breakaway unions from Cosatu have given up on returning to the federation and have started building a new movement.

He addressed about 8,000 people in the Johannesburg CBD at Numsa's march for jobs and against corruption t oday.

WATCH: Numsa corruption march in pics: 'We won't stop marching'

Vavi is also the national convenor of Unite against Corruption.

He introduced leaders from Democratic Municipal workers Union of South Africa (Demusa), which broke away from the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), as well as a new finance workers union which split from Cosatu.

Vavi says they will not look back.

"We are moving forward, Comrades. Bye-bye to all of them, we are going forward now. We will be announcing new unions every week."

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