Investigation into Vavi colleague ‘not about sex’

2013-11-21 13:37

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The investigation into the colleague with whom Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi had sex at work is “not about the question of sex”, Cosatu deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has said.

“There are many other issues about the relationship and (her) supervision. When the time arrives and when the charges become public, I think you will appreciate that these are not easy matters ... that it will have been justifiable that a thorough investigation has to be conducted,” Ntshalintshali said.

The investigation into the colleague has been completed but the investigation into whether or not the Cosatu leadership should charge the suspended Vavi, is almost complete.

Vavi and a junior colleague were suspended in August after Vavi admitted that they had had sex at work.

Last week, Vavi tweeted that a second set of auditors had been unleashed on him by Cosatu, saying he had given them his laptop and bank statements.

Ntshalintshali said it was in Vavi’s interest to cooperate with the investigations as this would speed it up.

He said the results of the investigation would be handed to the central executive committee (CEC) of Cosatu to “decide whether or not to prefer charges against either or both of them”.

The three-day meeting of the CEC, which ended yesterday, also asked the metalworkers Numsa, the Food and Allied Workers’ Union and football union Safpu to withdraw their court case against Cosatu. They were seeking to interdict Cosatu’s suspension of Vavi, which they say was illegal.

Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini said the unions had not yet responded to the call as it was only made yesterday.

Cosatu also confirmed that the federation would investigate Numsa for not participating in Cosatu’s national action on e-tolls, and their alleged role in disruptions at some provincial shopsteward councils where Cosatu leaders addressed workers.

The federation’s leadership has deferred calls for a special congress to a meeting early next year to decide on the matter.

Dlamini said the unions that called for it had not been able to explain what should be on the meeting’s agenda.

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