Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
22 Jul 2022
5:40 am

Numsa infighting threatens to spill over in umbrella Saftu

Brian Sokutu

According to sources within Numsa, a decision by the union’s special central committee to suspend about 30 elected leaders and shop stewards has heightened concerns that a split could have on the federation.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members march to Comair offices in Kempton Park on 15 March 2022. Picture: Michel Bega

Intense leadership infighting in SA’s biggest trade union, the 340 000 member-strong National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), on the eve of its 11th national elective congress, has sparked strong fears of a mushrooming splinter group. This threatens to weaken the umbrella body, the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), and the broader labour movement. According to sources within Numsa, a decision by the union’s special central committee (SCC) to suspend about 30 elected leaders and shop stewards, including newly elected Saftu president Ruth Ntlokose, also serving as the union’s second deputy, has heightened concerns that a split...