It’s Numsa versus Cosatu as Vavi saga heads for court

National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim has instructed the union’s lawyers to take Cosatu to court for failing to meet Friday’s deadline to lift the suspension of the labour federation’s general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi.

Last week, Numsa sent a letter of demand to Cosatu, giving its national office-bearers until the close of business on Friday to reinstate Vavi.

Cosatu leaders suspended Vavi last month for bringing the federation into disrepute after he had admitted to having sex with a subordinate at work.

Both the Food and Allied Workers’ Union and the SA Football Players’ Union are co-applicants in the case, said Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese in a statement.

“The union has been forced to take the legal (route) since Cosatu internal and democratic processes are being undermined and flouted.

This painful decision taken by the Numsa special committee (meeting) to challenge its own federation did not come lightly nor is it our preferred option of engagement …,” he said.


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