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numsaFin24 reports that according to newly re-elected National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) president Andrew Chirwa, the union's leadership intends to defend the outcomes of its interdicted national congress, even if that means approaching the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).

The union continued with its national congress at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday, even as the Labour Court denied it leave to appeal an interdict that prevented the event from kicking off until the union had complied with its own constitution. Apparently, formerly suspended officials of Numsa, who successfully appealed their suspensions at the Labour Court last week, are considering a contempt of court application against the union because it pressed on with the still interdicted congress. Chirwa shrugged off the Labour Court's denial of the union's application for leave to appeal, saying that the judge concerned was the very person who interdicted the congress in the first place. He said the union would send an application directly to the Labour Appeal Court for a hearing. Chirwa also said the union would have to address the conduct of officials who "sabotaged" the congress internally. "This is a tactic to ensure that they invalidate this congress. We are in a war. But we are clear that these are not comrades. The enemy is in the house and once we realise that there is a snake in the house, we must crush it," he warned.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khulekani Magubane at Fin24

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