The National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) is in the thick of it. The union's offices have been robbed, again. It has suspended a shop steward, who happens to be Cosatu's second deputy president.
And if that wasn't enough, it's involved in an ideological battle with the SACP over who's more Marxist. Zwelinzima Vavi might be the trigger of all this, but there's a bigger game at play - elections 2014.
Numsa is no stranger to threats and attacks. In May this year, the union reported there was an unexplained assault on its headquarters in Newtown, Johannesburg, in the early hours of the morning.
Its spokesperson said security would be beefed up and he urged police to act on the many instances at Numsa HQ, including a well-dressed young man entering the offices on multiple occasions and removing highly sensitive information. Last year, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim reportedly received death threats.
Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, the man Numsa is backing, continues to say there have been plots to take his life.
Last Thursday, there was another break-in at Numsa. Spokesperson Castro Ngobese released a fuming statement: "This latest burglary or brake-in joins a long...