Vavi back and campaigning for ANC – Cosatu

2014-04-16 16:30

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is back to doing the trade union federation’s work and campaigning for the ANC, its president S'dumo Dlamini has said.

“He is campaigning for the ANC. I’m sure you read his latest pronouncements in support of the ANC,” he told reporters in Johannesburg today.

“Cosatu wants a decisive victory of the ANC come May 7.”

Dlamini was speaking at a joint press briefing by the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the SA Communist Party.

This followed a meeting between the two alliance partners.

Dlamini, deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali, and first deputy president Tyotyo James were present at the briefing, representing Cosatu. Vavi was not.

Dlamini said Vavi was ill and that was the only reason he was not present.

Vavi returned to work at Cosatu last week after being on suspension for eight months.

This followed a high court ruling that set aside his suspension.

It was expected that the trade union federation would suspend Vavi again at its special central executive committee the day after his return last week. However, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa managed to broker a “ceasefire” within Cosatu.

Dlamini said today that Vavi would participate in Cosatu’s election campaign for the ANC.

“[It is] expected of all of us to be there,” he said.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA, which has been a strong Vavi ally and was instrumental in returning him to his position, resolved last year not to support the ANC in the May 7 election.

There have been reports that the metalworkers’ union, which is Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, could be starting its own political party.

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