Move to suspend Numsa procedurally flawed
Written by Tunicia Phillips
The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa says its move to have the South Gauteng High Court interdict Cosatu’s planned meeting this week is due to procedural flaws on matters of its suspension.
The union’s General Secretary Irvin Jim says they are convinced that in all matters relating to Numsa’s suspension and Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi there will be no fair hearing. He has accused Nehawu, Sadtu, Popcru and Num of instituting a motion to suspend Numsa before it was given a chance to state its case.
The ANC task team report aimed at exploring the divisions in Cosatu and providing recommendations was alleged to have never reached Numsa before Cosatu’s last meeting where it was presented. Jim says the meeting was unprocedural and violated the Cosatu constitution to provide the union with an opportunity to respond before a move for suspension.
“The fact that they turn around as an afterthought because they were advised that the argument Numsa is making about you [unions] needing to give them a fair hearing is valid, says Irvin Jim.
“So as a sham they have just decided to reschedule the meeting for the 7th of November”.
“If you doubt that, listen to the statement that Nehawu issued yesterday, it’s clear that a decision to suspend Numsa has already been made and we will never be given a fair hearing,” he says.
Nehawu general secretary Bereng Soke has meanwhile read the national executive committee’s statement calling for Numsa to be “surgically removed” from Cosatu.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has confirmed receiving Numsa’s court papers, but maintains that the meeting will go ahead as scheduled this Friday.
Member unions are then expected to vote on Numsa’s suspension.