Reversing resolutions is impossible – Numsa

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini. Picture by Michel Bega

No federation or ally can reverse decisions of an affiliate.

These were the strong words from the National Union of Me-talworkers of SA (Numsa), in response to Cosatu’s invitation to meet with them.

At a media briefing in Johannesburg this week, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said a letter had been sent to Numsa, requesting a meeting to iron out a few issues.

Dlamini said they were hoping to meet with Numsa either yesterday or next Friday, depending on Numsa’s availability.

However, when contacted by the Saturday Citizen yesterday, Numsa national spokesperson Castro Ngobese said they would not allow a situation where they would be forced into reversing resolutions taken at Numsa’s special national congress late last year. The union decided not to campaign for the ANC in the upcoming general elections and to withold its monthly fee to Cosatu until a number of matters had been resolved.

“All the decisions that were made at that congress stand, as it was a mandate given to us by our members and we are duty-bound by that,” Ngobese said.

“We have heard Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini making confirmations through the media, and even going as far as mentioning what will be on the agenda… Sidumo and company will not make us go back on our resolutions, including our support withdrawal from the ANC, because we are an independent affiliate.”

Reacting to this, political analyst Ralph Mathekga said Numsa had now reached a “point of no return”.

“Cosatu now finds itself in a Catch-22 situation as a result of the relationship that it has with the ANC. It will take a lot for Cosatu to convince Numsa to change their minds regarding the decisions they have made,” Mathekga said.

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