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IN AN attempt to broker a peace agreement within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), senior African National Congress (ANC) leaders and former trade union bosses met Cosatu affiliates on the eve of the federation’s critical central executive committee meeting, which began on Monday.It is understood that founding Cosatu leader Sydney Mufamadi, former public enterprises minister Alec Irwin and Enoch Godongwana, the head of the ANC’s subcommittee on economic development, attended the committee meeting.But the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) took issue with the ANC’s attempt to intercede. The union’s deputy general secretary Karl Cloete said Numsa had told Mr Mufamadi and Mr Godongwana they were "starting in the wrong place" and should begin to heal the rift by "turning to their own party".Mr Godongwana is a former general secretary of Numsa. The union, which is the staunchest ally of embattled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, has warned ...

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