‘Cosatu has moved on from Numsa, Vavi expulsion’

Cosatu’s deputy president says the federation is united despite much criticism.

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini and members of the federation's leadership at a press conference at Cosatu House. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu) Second Deputy President Zingiswa Losi says the federation does not belong to National Union for Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) or Zwelinzima Vavi.

Losi made these remarks in Braamfontein at the federation's first media briefing after the new leadership was elected in Midrand last week.

The organisation has been beset by factionalism and infighting following the dismissal of its largest union, Numsa, and Vavi.

Referring to Numsa's expulsion, the deputy president berated the media for only focusing on the number of members expelled rather than the union's transgressions.

"When dealing with the issue of Numsa's expulsion, you tend to focus on the numbers rather than the conduct that led to the expulsion."

Losi says the federation has moved on from the issues surrounding the metalworkers' union and the federation's former secretary general.

He says Cosatu is now a united organisation, despite criticism from a number of quarters that the federation does not represent the interests of workers.

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