Statement by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)
October 27, 2014 -- NUMSA, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- When the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) was born in 1985, the federation brought together many
different trade unions with different organisational, political and
administrative cultures and traditions.
From 1981, it took four long hard years to emerge from the unity
talks with the establishment of the largest federation in South Africa
in December 1985.
The COSATU we formed, over its 29 years of existence, has grown and been united, by the following values:
1. COSATU is an independent, fearless and democratic trade union
federation: it confronted the Apartheid regime and survived! COSATU is
shaped and had existed premised on the following key and core values;
a. COSATU is a revolutionary socialist federation.
b. COSATU is an anti-imperialist federation: it fights against foreign capitalist domination.
c. COSATU rejects all forms of cultural, male-chauvinist and racist prejudices and discrimination.
d. COSATU is a militant federation.
e. COSATU is a transformative federation.
f. COSATU is a champion of working class democracy.
g. COSATU believes in working class
power, and advocates worker control not only of the progressive trade
union movement, but of society as well.
h. COSATU believes in the
revolutionary power and unity of the working class which is why it
champions the formation of one union in one industry and one federation
in one country.
2. The crisis in COSATU comes about as a result of the class struggle
between those inside and outside COSATU, who would like to dilute and
destroy the traditional values of COSATU as set out above, and those who
want COSATU to retain all these values, i.e. an independent, militant,
revolutionary, socialist oriented, anti-imperialist, worker-controlled
and democratic organisation.
The failed National Democratic Revolution and the global crises of capitalism
The negotiated settlement and the post-1994 period have seen the
abandonment of the Freedom Charter (FC) and the Reconstruction and
Development Programme (RDP) and their replacement with the Growth, Employment And Redistribution (GEAR) neoliberal macroeconomic framework.
We have seen, from 1994 onwards, the adoption of right-wing
neoliberal capitalist social and economic policies in defence of South
African white monopoly capital and imperialism.
Combined, all these have made it impossible to undo our colonial economy and society, which the SACP in 1962 characterised as Colonialism of a Special Type -- a situation in which the coloniser and colonised live side by side, in the same geographical space.
The negotiated settlement and the neoliberal capitalist policies have
entrenched the social and economic dominance of white monopoly capital
and imperialism, in post-1994 South Africa.
In 2012, in the African National Congress (ANC) conference in Mangaung, despite twenty years of
evidence of the disastrous failures of GEAR, the ANC revised and renamed
GEAR and adopted it, now as the neoliberal National Development Plan (NDP).
There is no doubt that the world is experiencing the most severe crisis of capitalism.
The so called Washington Consensus has completely been
discredited as can be seen in the 2007/8 global financial capitalist
crises. Despite this most obvious evidence, however, the South African
government led by the ANC continues to follow the
same old neoliberal policy prescriptions of the Washington Consensus,
with all the disastrous social and economic results this entails.
All economic policies since 1994 have been incapable of defeating South African Colonialism of a Special Type and
the effects of Apartheid Capitalism which condemned the South African
Black working class to a life of extreme misery and hardship.
Internally in the ANC, doors are closed to any possibility for a
radical transition, as undemocratic practices have become the order of
the day, whenever radical policies are demanded by the working class.
As for the South African Communist Party (SACP), more especially after 2009, it has effectively
abandoned its vanguard role, and lost any claims to be leader of the
struggle for socialism in South Africa.
It is this brutal reality which made the National Union of metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) conclude that, post-1994, the deepening levels of poverty, increased levels of unemployment
and extreme inequalities -- all of them are clear symptoms of the
continuing capitalist colonial nature of our economy and society -- serve as clear evidence that the National Democratic Revolution
(NDR) as the most direct route to socialism, is completely off track,
and in fact has been abandoned in favour of a capitalist post-apartheid
In December 2013, NUMSA decided to hold a Special NUMSA National
Congress, and took its historic resolutions among which was the decision
not to support the ANC in the 2014 elections.
We decided to break with the alliance and we resolved to form a
United Front and explore the possibility for socialism in South Africa.
We took all these historic decisions precisely because we realised that
the South African working class clearly needed a political organ of
their own committed to socialism both in its policies and action.
In December this year, 2014, we are launching the United Front.
To better service our members, to defend and grow our union, we adopted a Service Charter for ourselves.
A. NUMSA SNC Resolutions and COSATU
We wish to dispel the myth that in its Special National Congress
NUMSA took resolutions at variance with COSATU policies and resolutions.
On the "Movement for socialism":
In the last six congresses of COSATU, going back to 1997, COSATU has clearly resolved:
To set up a United Front: COSATU called it "a broad popular movement for transformation around common struggles on issues facing the working class"
To explore a Movement For Socialism: COSATU called it "a popular movement towards socialism".
NUMSA is today merely doing what COSATU has desired to do all this time!
On the United Front:
In the 6th Congress COSATU said: "COSATU should
initiate a broad popular movement for transformation around common
struggles on issues facing the working class..... It should be seen as a
home for popular mass formations that currently lack a common agenda
and programme". That is clearly a call for the formation of a United Front!
In the 8th Congress COSATU said: "COSATU should
initiate talks with a broad range of progressive social movements in an
attempt to strengthen the hand of the working class and communities as a
whole, provide leadership, and bring them into our fold....Differences
in tactical approach should not prevent the Federation from its key
mission of uniting the working class, defending it and deepening
democracy." Only a moron of a very special type would not recognise the United Front in this position!
In the 9th Congress COSATU said: "The working class must mobilise
society and all progressive forces against the current macroeconomic
framework...We must bring back the fundamental thrust of the Freedom
Charter and the RDP on nationalisation of key and strategic industries". It is impossible to achieve this without some United Front coming into existence!
In the 10th Congress COSATU said: "We are committed to rebuild a
broad coalition of social forces united by the common objective to build
a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South
Africa." There it is: "a coalition of social forces" is a "United Front" by another name!
In the last congress, the 11th Congress in 2012, COSATU said: "We,
the workers gathered here today, pledge to embark on a united and
radical programme of action to realise workers legitimate demands, and
to engage our communities and the broader democratic movement, to
support us in these efforts." What more must we say?
What our detractors fear is the mighty power of the united working
class united and working together with their communities. We are forging
ahead to implement a long standing resolution of COSATU -- to build a
United Front of social forces united behind the banner of the Freedom
Charter and against neoliberal capitalism!
B. One Industry One Union -- COSATU's "Founding Principle"
We have done our homework on the matter of the founding principle of COSATU of "one industry one union".
Our work has revealed that virtually all COSATU affiliates at some
factory, industry or sectoral level do organise across industries and
therefore stray into other affiliates areas.
Further, we have established the extent of constitutional amendments
to COSATU affiliates' constitutions in order for affiliates to extend
their scope. More than half of all COSATU affiliates have at one point
or another extended their scope. Many have done this several times in
It is an established fact that several COSATU affiliates have not
only expanded their scope and strayed into other COSATU affiliates'
factories, industries and sectors, but we know as a matter of record and
fact that some have actually extended their scope to allow them to
organise along value chains, in the process straying into other COSATU
affiliates well recognised and established areas of organizing.
The principle of "one industry one union" is a noble persuasive and aspirational ideal for COSATU, it
has never been the basis for either admission into COSATU or cause for
dismissal, should a union, once affiliated, flout this principle.
Why then this extreme and negative fixation on NUMSA's extension of
scope and resolution to organise along value chains, when this has been
going on in COSATU for all of its 29 years? The reason is not difficult
to find: the forces of darkness and capitalism who are very terrified of
the organised socialist power of the working class are fishing for any
possible constitutionally justifiable cause to expel NUMSA from COSATU.
Further, NUMSA has grown to such an extent that it has now become an
open threat to the dominance of right-wing leadership of traditionally
large unions, who are now in terminal decline because of their leaders'
anti-workers, anti-members behaviours and politics. These unions' elite
and plainly reactionary leaders are determined to eliminate NUMSA from
COSATU, in order for them to continue to use COSATU for their selfish
personal and right-wing political purposes.
C. Our Marxist-Leninist understanding of the crisis in COSATU
During NUMSA's 27 years of existence, we have been inspired and
unwaveringly determined, in our theoretical and practical work and
engagement with COSATU to:
Defend and protect the integrity of constitutional decisions of COSATU.
Defend and advance the revolutionary socialist traditions and trajectory of COSATU.
Prevent the conversion of COSATU into a lame-duck federation, labour desk or toy telephone for anyone.
Defend and protect the revolutionary leadership of COSATU.
Defend the unity of the federation at all
times, being mindful that such working class unity is always born and
grown out of shared struggles and campaigns of the working class, and
not in boardrooms.
Defend the revolutionary basis of the ANC led alliance, the Freedom Charter.
Ultimately, defend COSATU itself from being destroyed!
We must remind the NUMSA membership and the broader South African public that the SACP general secretary at the 13th SACP National Congress preempted NUMSA's dismissal from COSATU when he said;
"There is a small, but lingering,
phenomenon in the trade union movement that of wanting to deliberately
cause strain and divide the labour movement from the SACP and the ANC.
We must intensify ideological work to expose and defeat this phenomenon
within the ranks of COSATU and the progressive trade union movement."
Consistent with our Marxist-Leninist theoretical, philosophical,
ideological, political and cultural traditions, NUMSA in its December
2013 Special National Congress correctly analysed the history and class
causes of the crisis and paralysis in COSATU.
We found the following to be the real causes of the crisis and paralysis of COSATU:
a. The pursuit of capitalism and the
failure of the Alliance to pursue consistently a radical National
Democratic Revolution (NDR) after 1994 are at the heart of the crisis in
COSATU today. In our view, the struggle for freedom,
justice and democracy in South Africa cannot be achieved without the
popular democratic forces advancing a socialist oriented National
b. It is important to understand the
significance of the socialist orientation, traditions and socialist
orientated revolutionary culture of COSATU because the crisis in COSATU
today is in fact about whether or not COSATU should continue to be a
socialist trade union federation or it should simply become a yellow
capitalist federation of the workers or a labour desk of the
c. It is evidently clear that those
within COSATU that have been advocating the idea of a rupture in COSATU
are correct. There is an irreconcilable rupture among the leaders of
COSATU! In our view, this rupture in COSATU is between forces of
capitalism and forces of socialism, among the leaders of COSATU. We make
this correct statement confidently because we have seen how in the CEC
some now argue why we should not be campaigning against e-tolling, why
we must not honour and execute the COSATU resolution and policy of
nationalisation of the commanding heights of the South African economy,
why we must support the ANC even as we all can see that neoliberalism is
alive and well during the Zuma leadership, and ultimately today, some
leaders are quite comfortable with GEAR which is now called the NDP.
d. The rupture in COSATU is between those
who want to give capitalism a human face through some slow gradualist
capitalist reforms and those who believe that we must, in a radical
fashion, undo the continuation of capitalism and colonialism of a
special type in South Africa and their evil effects which have placed
more than half of the population in extreme poverty by demanding the
radical and immediate implementation of the Freedom Charter.
e. Inevitably, the rupture in COSATU is
between those who want to see a radical and thoroughgoing implementation
of the Freedom Charter, thus a rejection of the GEAR that the NDP is,
and those who are consciously or unconsciously defending South African
capitalism and imperialism by defending the NDP and not openly
supporting the implementation of the Freedom Charter, especially its
Those who want Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi out of COSATU want a COSATU
which will be a "toy telephone", a "labour desk," a pro capitalist
COSATU and those who are defending Comrade Vavi want a revolutionary
socialist, anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist COSATU.
Clearly, Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi is seen as a threat to the ambitions
of the right-wing capitalist forces within and outside the former
liberation movement, which see a COSATU under his leadership as
obstructing their capitalist ambitions.
Ultimately, from where we stand, our analytical work confirms that
the centre of the crisis in COSATU resides in the neoliberal and
capitalist trajectory of our post 1994 socioeconomic formation, which
has sustained the racist and capitalist colonial character of South
African economy and society.
These are not positions arrived at by some idle theoretical and
academic work! In NUMSA we have been in the trenches with the rest of
the liberation movement, the ANC-led alliance, the SACP, South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and
others, for 27 long and hard years, twenty of those during the ANC
neoliberal and capitalist rule of South Africa.
We have suffered millions of job losses as the ANC presided over the
dismantling, through its neoliberal and capitalist policies, of the
inherited apartheid manufacturing sectors. Privatisation, deregulation,
removal of price controls, trade liberalisation, inflation targeting and
a cluster of similar neoliberal measures have ensured that the
inherited white male dominated manufacturing system of South Africa is
dismantled, and in its place, nothing, is established save for massive
cheap imports, largely from China and Indonesia. In the process,
millions of jobs have been destroyed.
In the meantime, a filthy rich Black and African tiny middle class,
now politically represented by Cyril Ramaphosa, has become very vocal
and evident, and is now leading the ANC. This parasitic black middle
class now believes BEE [Black Economic Empowerment] can and does build a prosperous society! Like all
parasitic classes in history, it too has substituted itself for South
African "society", post 1994.
D. So far their strategy has failed
So far their strategy has been to attack us with propaganda such as:
They say NUMSA leadership is corrupt
They say we are a business union
They say we are a union dominated by one man -- crazy, ultra-left Irvin Jim
They say that we are busy turning a trade
union into a political party, and that we are planning to take workers
away from COSATU
This has all been designed to persuade our members to desert us
What has caused their greatest frustration to date is the fact that all this propaganda is simply having no effect.
They believed they could separate us from workers and they have dismally failed.
They embarked on cheap propaganda to say that the problem in NUMSA is
not workers, it is the leadership. Remember the SACP open letter which
was circulated at the NUMSA Special National Congress
It is true that they hate NUMSA leadership with passion.
E. Whither COSATU?
NUMSA will not hand over COSATU to individuals and groups of
individuals who have no interest in defending the principles, values,
resolutions, policies and constitution of COSATU. These individuals, in
our considered opinion, are in office now illegally, after violating the
COSATU Constitution by refusing to hold a Special COSATU National
Congress, as properly petitioned for by the requisite number of
affiliates of COSATU.
While all this will be happening, the basis of our continuing
colonialism in South Africa -- mass poverty, nationwide structural and
systemic unemployment and extreme inequalities will continue unabated.
The working class, meanwhile, will sink deeper into poverty and despair,
in the absence of any revolutionary organisation and leadership of the
The combination of extreme inequalities, widespread unemployment,
mass poverty, despair and despondence among the working class may not
last long: soon we may enter the era of intensified violent mass
protests and generalised leaderless rebellions, as the millions of
suffering workers spontaneously violently vent their anger and
frustration with life.
The South African working class is crying out for a committed
revolutionary socialist orientated trade union and political organ to
educate, organise and mobilise them for radical transformation and
socialism in South Africa.
NUMSA will let no one, or any groups of individuals, separate it from
the 2.2 million members of affiliates of COSATU whom we know very well
the majority recognise, appreciate and endorse the principles, values,
resolutions, policies, constitution and decisions of NUMSA precisely
because all these are also COSATU principles, values, resolutions,
policies and decisions.
The only reason why the COSATU national office bearers have blatantly violated the COSATU constitution by not holding a Special COSATU National Congress even
when the affiliates of COSATU who have petitioned for the Special
Congress have met all the constitutional requirements is precisely
because they all know and understand that the majority of members of
COSATU affiliates will easily side with NUMSA's principles, values,
resolutions, policies, constitution and decisions.
Naturally, as the demand for a Special National Congress includes
dealing with COSATU president Sdumo Dlamini leadership collective, Sdumo and his friends (who
are now illegally running COSATU) know very well that they would not
only be defeated in any National Congress to be held while NUMSA still
remains in COSATU, but that the majority of ordinary delegates to such a
Congress would easily remove all of them from office.
It is this mortal fear of loss of office that has caused them to
violate the COSATU constitution by not holding the Special Congress.
NUMSA will never allow itself to be used to destroy the socialist
revolutionary unity and militancy of 2.2 million members of affiliates
of COSATU in whom, working together, NUMSA has made an immense
contribution to develop, over the past 27 years.
Unless all the members of affiliates of COSATU join us in demanding
the holding, immediately and urgently, of the COSATU Special National
Congress, Sdumo and his friends, terrified of being humiliatingly booted
out of office by the owners of the federation -- the delegates to any
COSATU Congress -- are bound to perpetuate the crisis and paralysis of
COSATU, in order to illegally keep themselves in office, till COSATU
actually finally collapses!
In the meantime the respect, prestige, the popularity and credibility
of COSATU among the South African working class and poor rural
populations will continue to be eroded, until COSATU itself is
completely destroyed and reduced to a rotten cabbage.
F. The ANC Task Team
From February 2013, soon after the historic post Marikana massacre
COSATU 11th Congress, a faction of COSATU affiliates leaders imbedded in
the ANC/SACP leadership structures have sought to get rid of the
general secretary of COSATU and NUMSA from the federation. This faction
has consistently used the CEC of COSATU where they can muster a voting
majority since the 11th Congress, to effectively put out the general
secretary of COSATU, in the process effectively paralysing COSATU too.
Today this faction is determined to get rid of NUMSA from COSATU.
We are adamant that our expulsion from COSATU has been a
well-coordinated and political attempt by the ANC/SACP faction, to
weaken, isolate and destroy NUMSA and its leadership because of our
socialist revolutionary character. This faction seeks to undermine our
Special National Congress (SNC) resolutions, which resolutions are
firmly enshrined in COSATU resolutions and policies.
We reiterate our very correct political analysis that the ANC's Task
Team intervention, led by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, was not only
a farce, but an overall flouting of COSATU's constitution and founding
principle of being a worker-controlled and democratic union federation
When the NUMSA National Office Bearers presented the NUMSA National
Executive and Central Committee resolutions, with respect to the crises
in COSATU, to the ANC Task Team on September 10, 2014, we made the
following succinct points about the ANC's mediation role;
1. There is no ANC that can facilitate in COSATU.
It is the neoliberal agenda of the ANC, supported by the Sdumo faction, that is the cause of the problem
It is the ANC's desire for a toy telephone that is the cause of the problem
2. How can the cause of the problem suddenly become the referee, player and the mediator?
3. The problem is that COSATU has existing resolutions which Sdumo doesn't support, and the ANC doesn't support.
The ANC Task Team effectively handed over Vavi to their faction to
deal with, and isolated NUMSA and thereby prepared the grounds for its
expulsion from the federation. This is all masked by a report which
hides the identity of who it is talking about by talking of "many
affiliates" and "the majority of affiliates" and "most affiliates" and
"some affiliates" and even sometimes "only one affiliate". Always
without mentioning any names
After the latest Special CEC and the experience NUMSA was exposed to,
the NUMSA NEC now officially distance ourselves from the ANC Task Team
and its involvement in COSATU. As NUMSA, we will confront the crisis
COSATU is going through using COSATU's constitution and its membership.
NUMSA will not, from now on, blindly escort itself into any slaughter
house, which is what COSATU CEC meetings have become for NUMSA today.
We will stick, strictly, within the confines of the constitution of
COSATU and its resolutions and policies. We will also not hesitate to
approach affiliates of COSATU who genuinely want to resolve the crisis
in COSATU on behalf of its affiliates and members.
Just like the SACP, the ANC Task Team Report blames the crises in
COSATU at the door of the NUMSA "current leadership" when the report
"All the other affiliates agree that the Federation must engage
NUMSA on its behavior and there are affiliates who said that "NUMSA
should go" but in interacting with them it becomes clear that this
relates more to the conduct of the current leadership of NUMSA."
G. We think there is a new strategy at play
They hate NUMSA because we take a clear, unequivocal position against their class interests.
This is not just a question of ideology.
It is a question of clear material interests.
Now that their propaganda has failed, their new plan is to dismiss NUMSA. Then they will say to NUMSA members:
You have been dismissed from the federation because of your leaders.
We will welcome you back as our members if you leave those misleaders of NUMSA and join MAWUSA [the pro-ANC Metal and Allied Workers' Union of South Africa].
They are dismissing us from the federation. But they hope that they
can persuade workers to believe a different story -- that it is we, the
NUMSA leadership, who are taking the members away from their true
political home in the ANC and SACP. And they will offer a way back to
that home by abandoning those national NUMSA leaders.
To pursue this propaganda, they have raised one other thing which
also appears in the ANC report. They say that NUMSA and Vavi are working
with the CIA -- the report calls them "international foreign bodies that
This is the same strategy they have used for Thuli Madonsela.
This is the same strategy that they used in concocting what was
called the "intelligence report' which we got to know about from Cedric
Gina, who told us that he was in Sdumo's house when he got showed the
H. We remind ourselves of the inaugural COSATU political policy
There is much talk of the founding principles of COSATU. But there is
very little clarity on what those principles are. The following are the
founding principles from the Political Resolution of the founding
congress in 1985:
1. This federation and the
working class should play a major role in the struggle for a non-racial
and democratic society and this federation will not hesitate to take
political action to protect and advance the interests of its members and
the wider working class.
2. This Congress asserts the
economic, political and organisational independence of the federation
and all its affiliates and asserts the independent political interests,
position, action and leadership of the working class in the wider
3. We should do this by taking
up political struggles through the membership and structures at local,
regional and national level as well as through disciplined alliances
with progressive community and political organisations whose interests
are compatible with the interests of the workers and whose
organisational practices further the interests of the working class.
4. The federation will strive
to ensure that its members participate effectively in the progressive
organisations and campaigns that conduct democratic struggles against
oppression and economic exploitation in the interests of the working
class and the democratic society.
5. The federation will make
sure that there is full discussion of the demands and aims of workers in
the struggle at all levels of the federation.
6. In the interests of building
unity the federation shall not affiliate to any political organisation
within the democratic struggle in South Africa at the present time.
G. Continued violation of the COSATU constitution
COSATU national office bearers and its faction of affiliate leaders, supported by the
ANC and SACP, have committed no less than six violations of the COSATU
1. They have suspended the general secretary without bringing the
report of his investigation to the CEC to decide whether or not to
subject him to a disciplinary hearing.
2. They have suspended the general secretary without going through
the process set down in the constitution, a decision which has now been
overturned by the High Court.
3. They have nakedly refused to call a COSATU Special National
Congress, despite receiving the number of requests required by the
4. They have tried to keep Zingiswa Losi as a president of COSATU
when she has resigned at Ford Motor Company SA and therefore, in terms
of the constitution, has ceased to be eligible to be a COSATU NOB
G. What happened at the COSATU CEC
At the time of the adoption of the agenda, we put on record that we
remain firm and resolute behind our correspondence that that CEC
couldn't take any decisions from the ANC report. It can only receive it.
We had absolutely no mandate and nor did any of the other affiliates.
This became a big debate as those who are fighting NUMSA registered a different view that this was an adjourned CEC.
We remained very firm that whether or not it was adjourned, as NUMSA we are not witch-doctors.
We could not have known the ANC report, without being given it.
So the meeting can't take decisions because none of us have a mandate, as required by the COSATU constitution.
The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union persuaded NUMSA that we must at least receive the report
first. Then later on, once it has been presented, we can revisit the
We confirmed that we remained constructive and progressive. However,
the position that we have presented is the position now and it will be
the position even after the ANC report was given.
Being constructive, we were willing to allow the report to be
presented, knowing that we would revert back to our position that we
have no mandate and therefore no decisions can be taken
Within no time, as there was absolutely no objectivity, there were
two motions. The meeting was steam-rolled into voting in an arrogant way
by Zingiswa Losi who is allowed to sit in the CEC with no status. She
herself resembles an organisational crisis.
Under her biased, caucused leadership they moved a motion that the
meeting will take decisions. This was put to a vote and they won with
±34 votes and we lost with ± 23.
In the old days, we could have embarked on a walkout. But in today's
dynamic legal environment of laws and procedure, if a meeting quorated
and you choose to walk out, maybe, for example, because you find
yourself in a meeting of thieves, unfortunately the meeting remains
quorate and its decisions are binding on you.
The only option left for us was to put on record that in all
decisions that would be taken in that unlawful fiasco of a meeting we
will participate under protest. We will oppose all the decisions that
the meeting purports to take, on the record. We regard any decision that
may be taken as unprocedural and completely unlawful.
H. Our demands
The NUMSA NEC held on October 27, 2014, demand the
immediate convening of a COSATU Special National Congress as the only
constitutional structure of COSATU capable of taking the federation out
of its paralyzing crisis.
We will place before the national office bearers the demand that from now on, no COSATU
CEC or any activity must be executed unless it is in furtherance of
holding the Special National Congress.
We will demand that it is irrational, against all known rules of
justice, for the national office bearers structure to preside on any event, constitutional or
otherwise, with the purpose of expelling NUMSA when NUMSA and other
unions have successfully petitioned the president of COSATU to hold a
Special Congress to resolve the same issues NUMSA is now threatened with
suspension or expulsion.
We will, to that end, immediately reinstate the legal challenge to
demand that the current national leadership of COSATU devote their
efforts to ensuring that a Special National Congress is held, to resolve
all the matters now killing COSATU.
COSATU meetings going forward must attend to the calls for a Special
National Congress and in that regard must attend to date and logistics
for the hosting of the Special Congress in or before the end of 2014.
To achieve our objectives of keeping the 2.2 million members of
COSATU affiliates united, militant, socialist revolutionary respecting
the time tested principles of worker control and internal democratic
order in our unions, NUMSA will spare no effort to advance the
resolution of all NUMSA constitutional structures.