Cosatu boss Sdumo Dlamini says the rebel unions had only identified unity and cohesion as issues they want to be addressed, not electing new leaders.
Zwelinzima Vavi will not appeal his expulsion from Cosatu as general secretary, unless it holds what he calls a legitimate congress.
Lulamile Jack, leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association in Limpopo, has threatened to kill Zwelinzima Vavi for tearing Cosatu apart.
Zwelinzima Vavi is ready to fight for or against Cosatu, and he is leaving the decision of the direction of the battle in the hands of workers.
Any show of support for the expelled general secretary could cost Cosatu employees and leaders their jobs.
Allegedly the main reason for Vavi's expulsion was his "failure to fulfil his duties as secretary".
Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi will not be resigning and says he will return to the trenches to try and mobilise workers.
President Jacob Zuma has chastised leaders for sowing divisions within the tripartite alliance, and has called for a retreat to iron out the issues.
Cosatu admits it is facing financial difficulties, and is looking for long-term solutions to arrest the dire situation.
Cosatu's Bheki Ntshalintshali says the report also shows that the auditors had not been able to meet Zwelinzima Vavi, despite attempts to do so.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi may feel the wrath of the union federation for not attending its central executive committee meeting.
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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".
A special national congress will be held by trade union Cosatu next year, and sources say Zwelinzima Vavi will not be removed.
Political reporter Qaanitah Hunter looks at the developments along the road to the Cosatu/ Numsa split, and what impact this may have on the federation.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has been expelled from Cosatu after a grueling special central executive committee meeting.