Last Thursday, a call to vote on whether Numsa should be expelled from Cosatu was abandoned after Numsa threatened to challenge it in court on the basis that it would have been unconstitutional.
At a press briefing yesterday Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim reaffirmed that Numsa would do everything possible to remain within the federation.
Speaking to Udo Carelse standing in for John Robbie on 702 this morning, Numsa Deputy Secreaty General Karl Cloete echoed the sentiment - saying they had called on Cosatu-aligned unions to ask federation leadership to convene an elective conference. If necessary he said Numsa would institute legal action to force them to do so.
Karl Cloete speaking to Udo Carelse on the breakfast show...
It is unclear at this stage whether Numsa will attend the next Cosatu Central Executive Committee meeting on 7th November. But if Numsa decides to boycott the CEC meeting, Cosatu could just decide to expel it immediately.
Labour journalist Terry Bell provided some useful insight...
So what about the "irreconcilable differences" Irvin Jim referred to at the press briefing on Monday - which EWN has reported on in the past? Whether Numsa get their elective conference or not, could this be the beginning of the end?