Socialist Worker

Backlash after South African Numsa union expelled

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2431

Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi

Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi (Pic: GpvernmentZA)


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.


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