The crisis caused by the expulsion of South Africa’s biggest union, Numsa, from the Cosatu federation continues to grow.
Eight unions have officially come out against Cosatu.
Other unions are divided, with their leadership supporting Cosatu while rank and file members are fighting to defend Numsa.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has written a letter opposing the expulsion and saying it risks destroying the federation.
Cosatu is hamstrung by internal fighting as it tries to control the growth of radical trade unionism across South Africa.
The South African Communist Party is unequivocally standing with the ANC government and Cosatu.
It’s leader Blade Nzimande called Numsa a “stinking corpse” that had to be removed from Cosatu’s house.
A new metal workers union Metal and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Mawusa) applied for affiliation to Cosatu last weekend.
Its founder, former Numsa president Cedric Gina, says the new organisation will avoid “Numsa’s political ideas”.
But it is the growth of radicalism that is causing the crisis in Cosatu.