Tholoane Motloenyana, for the Liberated Metal Union of SA (Limusa) told the court that she only received instructions on Monday night to file an answering affidavit and had not had sufficient time to file the papers.
”We have not filed answering affidavits as yet, and ask the court to let the matter stand down for now,” said Motloenyana.
Acting Judge AJ Mbongwe agreed to afford Limusa an hour to file papers.
The Numsa, which was expelled from Cosatu in November last year, was in court to fight for reinstatement and to be allowed to attend the Cosatu special national congress scheduled to take place in Johannesburg in July. Cosatu is opposing the application.
Numsa is supported by eight other Cosatu affiliates in its court action. Its replacement at Cosatu, Limusa, was opposing Numsa’s further application to have it barred from attending the congress.
At a media briefing on Monday, Numsa secretary Irvin Jim accused Limusa of being a ”shelf union” consisting of unemployed members.
The leadership of the country’s biggest federation was in court, led by its president Sdumo Dlamini and acting secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali. Several of the leaders of the eight affiliates who support Numsa’s reinstatement were also in court.