Numsa argues for Vavi reinstatement in court

2014-03-27 12:15

Numsa’s push for the reinstatement of suspended Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi started in earnest this morning at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

Numsa wants the decision of Cosatu’s central executive committee to suspend and discipline Vavi – after he admitted to having had sex in the office with a junior employee – to be declared invalid because not all the delegates voted at the meeting in line with Cosatu’s constitution.

The decision to suspend Vavi was taken in September last year.

Numsa’s lawyer Hans van der Riet told the court that nullifying the decision would lead to Vavi’s automatic reinstatement.

Cosatu’s lawyers are expected to argue that the court has no jurisdiction over the matter as it is a labour case.

Among those who attended court this morning were Vavi, his wife Noluthando, Numsa boss Irvin Jim, suspended Sadtu president Thobile Ntola, Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini and acting Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali.

A group of Vavi supporters demonstrated outside the court this morning, singing anti-Dlamini songs.

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