On Sunday, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi essentially dared the dominant faction within the federation, and more particularly, its Central Executive Committee, to fire him. His explanation is that he can no longer make any progress using traditional - i.e. boardroom - means. It is an admission that he simply doesn’t have the numbers within the CEC to push any decisions through, that the CEC wants him out, and that he will, in the end, have no choice but to leave. It is clear Vavi wants to go out in a blaze of glory and be able to claim that he tried every possible option before exiting Cosatu. But, because of his weakness in terms of numbers, his opponents have a few options. And plenty of cards. By STEPHEN GROOTES.