Cosatu 'moving on' from Numsa, Vavi expulsion

Those who disagree will be able to voice it at Cosatu’s congress which begins today.

FILE. Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President S'dumo Dlamini. Picture: Official Cosatu Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - As the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s congress starts this morning, the federation's president S'dumo Dlamini says it's moving on from the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the dismissal of its General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Vavi and Numsa were thrown out of the federation last year after they criticised the African National Congress and said they could no longer support it.

Dlamini says Cosatu is now putting Numsa and Vavi behind it.

"We are moving on right now. Both Numsa and Vavi have abandoned their rights to appeal to congress. So, congress will have to appreciate that situation."

He says people who disagree with the decision to expel Numsa will be able to speak their minds.

"It's a robust Cosatu congress, where delegates from all walks of our country are getting together to shape the future of their federation."

While there could be leadership elections in this conference, Dlamini's position does appear to be safe.

WATCH: _Former General Secretary of Cosatu Zwelinzima Vavi says he will not be appealing his dismissal from Cosatu, adding that he will be remembered for being on the right side history. _