The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, on Tuesday, lost his cool on the president of the largest workers federation – the Congress of South African Trade Union, Sdumo Dlamini.
According to Malema, it still baffles him how the ‘clownish’ nurse managed to kick out veteran unionists like Vavi Zwelinzima and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) leader Irvin Jim.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 20, 2016
Slamming Sdumo Dlamini harder, Malema blamed the president for pushing out the two renowned unionists. However, Zwelinzima was quick to point out that it was the state led by ANC and SACP that expelled them.
Vavi Was Dismissed By ANC And SACP Not Sdumo Dlamini
He replied on his twitter account: “We were outmaneuvered by the state led by ANC & SACP dominant factions, not Sidumo! That’s what we were dealing with.”
We were outmaneuvered by the state led by ANC & SACP dominant factions not Sidumo! That's what we were dealing with https://t.co/V0tc7TGjJc
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) September 20, 2016
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest affiliate of Cosatu was expelled from the largest workers federation on 8 November 2014 after it refused to fully support the ANC in the 2014 general elections. The defining vote was 904 votes against 67 who opposed.
The union, which had over 340,000 members throughout South Africa as of 2013 also slammed the ANC for championing privatization talks.
Prior to its expulsion, NUMSA was known within the Tripartite Alliance between COSATU; the SACP and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) for its refusal to tolerate controversial ANC policies; like the ruling party’s failure to rescue the dying masses from poverty.
On the other hand, Vavi Zwelinzima, who served as COSATU’s Deputy General Secretary from 1993 to 1999 was expelled from the federation on 30 March 2015 by Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) after he spoke out against the expulsion of NUMSA.
Remarkably, 1183 people voted to confirm his dismissal for bringing the trade unions federation into disrepute and dividing it. 87 were against his dismissal and 27 abstained.