Dlamini warns Numsa’s Jim against mentioning his name

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu President  Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Trade union federation Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has labelled Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim a “sick person” and warned him against frequently mentioning his name in public.

Dlamini was speaking outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg this morning, where Numsa has filed an application seeking reinstatement to Cosatu. The matter will be heard later this morning.

“Jim is sick. Each time he speaks it’s about Sdumo Dlamini,” said Dlamini.

“Once a comrade discusses individuals, something is wrong with that comrade. It is the organisation all the time. You don’t discuss individuals.”

Dlamini said Cosatu was at the court to defend itself against Numsa. He asked whether Numsa still had enough time to service its members while fighting Cosatu in court.

“We are taken to court and we have never taken anybody to court. When we are taken to court, we must defend Cosatu’s position. Ask those people (Numsa) when they are servicing their members when they spend money in court, and ask them whose money they are spending.”

Cosatu expelled Numsa in November last year for, among other things, withdrawing its voter support for the ANC in last year’s general elections.

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