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Johannesburg - Irvin Jim, the general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), criticised the ANC's Gwede Mantashe and the SACP's Blade Nzimande, accusing them of dividing Cosatu, The Times reported on Tuesday.
“Him (Mantashe) and Blade are doing everything to divide Cosatu unions,” Jim reportedly said.
Speaking at a Numsa march in Randburg on Monday, Jim said Numsa would not seek advice from ANC secretary general Mantashe and SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande on federation matters.
“No, we take our mandate direct from metalworkers. We want to tell Mantashe that we are watching his poisonous tongue.”
On Tuesday, the Johannesburg High Court will hear a Numsa application to have Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's suspension overturned.
Vavi was suspended last month on accusations of bringing Cosatu into disrepute after he admitted to having an affair with an employee.
Mantashe last week said that a “cult of personalities” created problems for Cosatu.
On Sunday, the SACP called on Jim to provide evidence of his previous claims of factionalism. - Sapa