Two Limpopo trade unions under the umbrella of Cosatu are at odds over comments made about the union federation's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.
The National Union of Mineworkers of SA (Numsa) Limpopo secretary Jerry Morulane called comments by the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) in Limpopo regarding Vavi "venomous and malicious personal attacks."
Sadtu Limpopo secretary Jacob Raphasha complained on Tuesday that it was being unfairly attacked by Vavi regarding the province's textbook debacle.
"He [Vavi] asked: 'Where was Sadtu when textbooks were not delivered in schools until June?' Our response: 'Sadtu was in class teaching when textbooks were not delivered in schools'," Raphasha said.
Numsa's Morulane said the provincial teachers were attempting to "create a rift".
"The Sadtu Limpopo leadership wants to create a rift between Cosatu and Sadtu, by abusing organisational machinery to destroy the political standing and personal integrity of [Vavi]," Morulane said.
He called on Sadtu Limpopo to publicly apologise to Vavi and Cosatu.-Sapa