Cosatu replaced us fish and chips union – Numsa

We were expelled from Cosatu & then replaced by a fish and chips union, Cosatu is full of ‘hypocrites’

Numsa members march

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa) slammed and battered the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), saying the union has lost touch with reality.

Numsa President Andrew Chirwa said Cosatu is full of ‘hypocrites’, saying the Union is now echoing Numsa call for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

Chirwa on Monday addressed the union’s 10th National Congress in Cape Town, and said Cosatu was set at destroying Numsa and lost touch with reality.

He added Cosatu dismissed Numsa and formed “some fish and chips” Union to replace them. Chirwa was refereeing to the union formed Numsa got expelled he Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa).

“We were expelled from Cosatu in 2014, for resolving to move out of the alliance, then replaced by a fish and chips union,” said Chirwa.

In 2014 Numsa got expelled from Cosatu after it said it was withdrawing its support of Zuma, who is the leader of the African Nation Congress (ANC).

Chirwa said Numsa and Former Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi are victims of standing for what is true to them.

In 2015 Vavi was kicked out of the Cosatu for bringing the trade unions federation into disrepute and dividing it.

He then said Numsa together with Vavi will form a new genuine militant federation.

“Zwelenzima Vavi was dismissed from Cosatu he will speak at the congress as convener of the new federation and not mourn our dismissal from Cosatu,” said Chirwa.

Chirwa also battered the ANC and the South African Communist Party (SACP) for supporting and protecting Zuma

He then called on all Numsa members to respect and protect the union, saying the government, SACP, Cosatu and the ANC have failed to destroy their union.



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