Warren Mabona
1 minute read
3 Apr 2014
6:40 am

Numsa loses faith in Losi

Warren Mabona

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) yesterday said it would never recognise the leadership of second deputy president of Cosatu, Zingiswa Losi, because she was no longer a member of a union.

FILE PICTURE: Second Deputy President at Congress of South African Trade Unions Zingiswa Losi. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said Losi had voluntarily resigned from her employers – a motor company – where she was a shop steward. He said her resignation automatically disqualified her from being a Cosatu leader.

“She is no longer a Cosatu second deputy president, but an ordinary person,” Jim said.

“You cannot be a Cosatu president by arrangement. You must be elected. We are waiting for Cosatu to explain why she is still a second deputy president.”

Losi was suspended by Numsa in September last year. The suspension was viewed by many as a purge by the union to avenge the suspension of embattled Cosatu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi. She subsequently relinquished her Numsa membership.

Jim dismissed claims that Numsa implemented Losi’s suspension as punishment against the suspension of Vavi. He referred enquiries to the Port Elizabeth branch of Numsa on the reason for her suspension.

Losi yesterday declined to comment, saying she was waiting for Cosatu’s special central executive committee meeting to receive a report from the office bearers on the matter.