Yesterday there was confusion over whether the CEC would still take place shortly after reinstated Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi arrived at Cosatu House.
A source at Cosatu, who asked not to be named, said nine pro-Vavi unions will boycott the meeting because “they were not made part of the process preparing for it”.
“These unions want full participation in most of Cosatu leader-ship processes. They don’t want to see a repeat of the session that took a decision to suspend Vavi, in which they were not given a chance to vote,” said the source.
Vavi, reporting for duty for the first time since his suspension was overturned by the South Gauteng High Court, said the CEC gathering would take place.
“As far as I know the meeting will take place tomorrow at 10am,” Vavi said.
“The six issues on the agenda include the status of the union federation’s second deputy president (Zingiswa Losi) and the special congress.”
Losi was appointed on the strength of being a National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) shopsteward, but lost the post when she left her employment at a motor factory in Port Elizabeth.
Michael Radebe, who claims to be the co-ordinator of the nine union affiliates of Cosatu supporting Vavi, denied the unions under his leadership were boycotting the CEC. But he admitted the gathering would not take place today.
He said the gripe of the unions was that Cosatu did not follow proper channels when convening the meeting. “In terms of Cosatu’s constitution, the agenda must be sent to the union affiliates seven days before the CEC, but that did not happen,” Radebe said. “We are not boycotting it, but it is unlikely it will take place without us.”
According to Radebe, the unions he was representing include Numsa, Food and Allied Workers’ Union and SA State and Allied Workers’ Union.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini dismissed Radebe’s claims, saying all the unions were given the agenda. “The CEC meeting will take place tomorrow as planned.”
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