Most commentators have got the idea of the United Front wrong, and many important points from the national congress in December were overlooked.
Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim reiterates that Numsa won't convert to a "political party", and will remain inspired by Marxism-Leninism.
Zwelinzima Vavi says union leaders must stop acting like bosses who can make decisions without touching base with their union members.
Cosatu's general secretary says the way towards unity is to have Numsa reinstated and to hold a special national congress "sooner rather than later".
Unions are going out of business, presenting the ANC with a political and economic dilemma.
A special national congress will be held by trade union Cosatu next year, and sources say Zwelinzima Vavi will not be removed.
Cosatu’s proposed minimum is being taken seriously because of its place in government.
The union federation's rising professional class is out of step with its hard-pressed, unskilled members.
The biggest losers in the Cosatu-Numsa battle seem to be the ANC, SACP and Cosatu – and the real price is set to come in the 2016 municipal elections.
If the tripartite parties' interests have diverged, then the parties should diverge. Rather give the voters a democratic contestation of issues.
Unions had stopped growing at the same pace as the workforce long before Numsa's exit from trade union federation Cosatu.
Before its expulsion, Numsa's 350 000 members paid an affiliation fee of R2.92, amounting to over a million rand that Cosatu will lose monthly.
Three and a half days after a vote to expel Numsa from Cosatu, a formal letter it received was not signed by Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.
The unions will consult members before participating in any Cosatu meetings, and talks of forming an alternate federation have not been ruled out.
In support of Numsa, seven Cosatu affiliates will no longer participate in the decision-making body and called Numsa's expulsion "unconstitutional".