I fear for my life – Vavi

2013-07-15 08:33

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Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi fears for his life and has increased security to protect himself.

“I am scared. This matter came to the public sphere three years ago and it seems people who issued the threats then are still on a mission,” he told Eyewitness News today.

He told the radio station he started receiving death threats in 2010. He received information that he would “go down” the same way as former deputy minister of health Dr Molefi Sefularo.

Sefularo died in a car accident in Pretoria in 2010.

Vavi reportedly said the accident was presumed to have been “engineered”.

The threat was reported to the police ministry, but nothing had come of it so far, he said.

Last year, immediately after Cosatu held its elective congress, intelligence officials told him there was a plot by Iranians to poison him, he said.

“I was told that the plot originated from Iranian intelligence and that someone from the non-governmental organisations that we, as Cosatu, work with has been hired by Iranians to poison me.”

When asked why the Iranians would want him killed, Vavi said he did not know because Cosatu and the country had good relations with Iranians.

“Months have gone by and intelligence officials have not come back to me regarding this,” he told Eyewitness News.

Vavi is facing an internal investigation into alleged corruption, in which he was implicated, over the sale of Cosatu’s headquarters.

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