South African trade union federation Cosatu has temporarily eased its all out assault on the country’s largest union, Numsa, which it recently expelled.
It announced a special congress for an unspecified time later in the year to discuss its problems.
It suggested that Numsa’s expulsion might be reversible.
But the acceptance that this is a genuine shift by Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi, who was under attack as a Numsa ally, is naive.
Public hostility to the expulsion shocked Cosatu and its ally, the ruling ANC party. They are now trying to buy time and divide their opponents.