The metalworkers' union had tired of the ANC and wanted Cosatu to break with the ruling party and come with them into a brave new socialist future.
Having the three secretaries of the tripartite alliance under one roof has been an unfamiliar sight lately - let alone having them share a stage.
Calling Numsa's imminent expulsion from Cosatu a well-co-ordinated plan by the ANC, the union has formed its own party and promises to go to court.
Unfazed that it may be booted out, Numsa has vowed to push ahead and form a workers' party.
ANC leaders appear set on advising Cosatu to boot the union from the federation, but Numsa is determined to fight any suspension.
Jacqueline Phooko, the office worker with whom Zwelinzima Vavi had "brief intercourse", is suing Vavi, Cosatu and Numsa for damaging her reputation.
For people like Chirwa, calling for due process to be followed to the letter is to be embedded in the state.
By protecting the president, the 'party of the working class' has become embedded in the state, says the president of Numsa.
Socialist symposium has given the union enough ideological firepower to take capitalism head on.
A dispute over union membership numbers is holding up the extension of the wage agreement.
Numsa's symposium attracted interest from socialist groups in over 17 countries, but many fellow Cosatu affiliates were conspicuously absent.
Neasa has said it will continue its constitutionally protected lockout of workers following the end of the wider strike in the metals sector.
A month-long strike in the metal sector is over after a three-year deal was reached in which workers will receive pay hikes of as much as 10% a year.
The union has accepted a wage offer from employers but will continue striking over conditions relating to future pay negotiations.
Numsa will convene a number of member meetings to present the latest wage offer to its members, despite Seifsa already making the offer public.
On money the union and the employers virtually agree. But on matters that could define future strikes the differences appear nearly unbridgeable.
The trade union has called on it's members to intensify the nationwide strike, which has already affected some companies in the automobile sector.
Striking workers have been targeting factories on the East Rand where Numsa members are still turning up for work.
Everyone condemns labour-related violence but no one can agree on how to deal with the matter.