Cosatu ‘closes’ discussions on Motlanthe comments

Kgalema Motlanthe was quoted saying that Numsa should not have been removed from Cosatu.

FILE: Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it's now met with Former President Kgalema Motlanthe and had a constructive and cordial meeting about his claim that the federation was wrong to expel metal workers union National Union for Metal of South Africa (Numsa).

Earlier this week, Motlanthe was quoted in the Business Day newspaper as saying that Numsa should not have been removed from Cosatu and that anyone who thought the tripartite alliance still existed was 'delusional'.

Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla says they wanted to discuss Motlanthe's comments with him.

"Some of the statements that were made in the media were not helpful to the cause of trying to rebuild Cosatu."

But he says it was a productive meeting.

"It was a very cordial meeting. As we said, we have the utmost respect for the former deputy president; he is a product of our trade union. He is one of very few people we are very proud to have produced."

Cosatu now says that the matter is officially closed.

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