Vavi ‘cooperating’ with new forensic auditors, yet to be charged

2013-11-14 11:51

Embattled Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi says the union federation has hired new forensic auditors to investigate him for “supposed missing millions”.

The suspended Cosatu general secretary tweeted this morning that he had decided to “cooperate with the 2nd set of forensic auditors to stop factional whispering campaign about suppose missing millions”.

He said he had also handed over his laptop and bank statements for them to check if he had received millions from somewhere.

City Press reported on Sunday that the forensic investigation into the sale of the old Cosatu headquarters for R10 million, from which Vavi has been accused of benefiting improperly, had almost grounded to a halt after the killing of the auditor who had led the investigation.

Today marks three months since he was suspended by the federation’s central executive committee (CEC) after he admitted to having sex with a junior Cosatu employee at the federation’s national headquarters in Joburg.

Vavi said Cosatu had not pressed any charges against him three months later.

The next meeting of the Cosatu CEC starts on Monday, but it is not clear if it will charge Vavi. Documents prepared for the meeting are vague about the status of the investigation into Vavi’s conduct that lead to his suspension.

“The CEC will receive the progress [report] regarding the placement of the general secretary and a staff member on special leave. As we were writing the report, the investigation was at an advanced stage and the federation has to decide on it as directed by the special CEC on whether or not to prefer charges against each of them.

“Should the decision be to press charges, the CEC would receive a report on the disciplinary processes,” the document reads.

Vavi’s spokesperson, John Dludlu, said Vavi was cooperating with the investigation.

“Given that he remains illegally suspended, Mr Vavi isn’t privy to the agenda of the CEC. So we can’t comment intelligently beyond placing on record that he’s cooperated fully with the federation-facilitated process and all forensic firms appointed by Cosatu,” Dludlu said.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said: "I can't comment on lies."

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