It insists that it is not obliged to give reasons why it should not be suspended or expelled from the labour federation.
After a special meeting of the central executive committee yesterday, Cosatu announced that it had decided to give Numsa “a temporary reprieve”.
The affiliate would have until next week to explain why it should not be suspended or expelled, the federation announced.
Numsa is a staunch supporter of suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.
Castro Ngobese, a Numsa spokesperson, told The Citizen that the metalworkers’ union is an independent affiliate and is free to take its own decisions.
“There is no need really on our part to explain ourselves,” he said.
The affiliate had initially wan-ted a year to respond to Cosatu, he said. It would respond within the stipulated period “as a courtesy”.
He added that the decision to suspend or expel Numsa from the labour federation “had already been taken by Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini and his faction”.
Cosatu wrote to Numsa earlier this month asking the metalworkers’ union to explain its resolution at a special congress in December not to support the ANC during the upcoming general elections.
Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali yesterday told a press conference there was “no rush” to suspend or expel Numsa, which is the labour federation’s biggest affiliate.
Dlamini then poured cold water on claims that the federation is split down the middle and paralysed by the Vavi debacle.
The federation was like a giant elephant that a few ticks were biting, he said.
Vavi had been given a chance to see the Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo report but had decided against it for legal reasons, Dlamini said.
Vavi claims he was denied a copy of the report, preventing him from responding to the allegations against him.
Cosatu second deputy president Zingiswa Losi also denied that there was “a witch-hunt” against the metalworkers’ union.