The metalworkers' union, bleeding members and money, is electing leaders who will have to stop the rot.
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".
The ANC says the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa from trade union federation Cosatu is a tragic development.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has been expelled from Cosatu after a grueling special central executive committee meeting.
Neasa has said it will continue its constitutionally protected lockout of workers following the end of the wider strike in the metals sector.
The metalworkers union sees the industry’s eleventh-hour bid to link an agreement to the curtailing of factory-level demands as an act of bad faith.
Numsa will convene a number of member meetings to present the latest wage offer to its members, despite Seifsa already making the offer public.
Investors are beginning to favour the Eastern European country over South Africa as strike in mining and metals overshadow the seizure of Crimea.
The trade union has called on it's members to intensify the nationwide strike, which has already affected some companies in the automobile sector.
Everyone condemns labour-related violence but no one can agree on how to deal with the matter.
Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi has told thousands of striking metalworkers that workers have no reason to celebrate 20 years of freedom.
While criticising Jacob Zuma for allowing the spending of millions on upgrades at Nkandla, Numsa says the security cluster ministers should resign.
As tensions run high in Marikana, Numsa says it might strike with Amcu - whose members are demanding a R12 500 salary from Lonmin, Amplats and Impala.
Amplats says a wage offer accepted by Numsa and the Uasa will be applied to all employees in the Numsa bargaining unit.
About 2 000 Numsa members marched for jobs on the National Economic Development and Labour Council premises in Rosebank.
Numsa says it will, "at the appropiate time", launch a political party - United Front and Movement for Socialism - aimed at uniting the working class.
Nine unions have accussed Cosatu's leadership of wanting to please political masters and manipulating a central executive committee meeting.
Numsa is planning its break with the ANC carefully, if its political school is much to go by, and preparing the way for a distinct labour movement.
While continued strikes in the platinum belt are costing the mines, the toll on the country is in fact higher says the Chamber of Mines.