‘Conspiracy against me’

2013-08-17 00:00

COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has released a “bogus” intelligence report that he claims influenced union bosses against him, resulting in his suspension.

Vavi , wearing a too-big National Union of Mineworkers T-shirt and looking tired and irritable, yesterday addressed a press conference in the Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, a stone’s throw from Cosatu House.

He claimed the report was aimed to discredit a number of South Africans who were bound to suffer the same fate as him — or who have done so already. These include recently fired human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale, deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, National Union of Metalworkers general secretary Irvin Jim and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.

He said Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini circulated this report ahead of Cosatu’s central executive committee meeting on Wednesday, which voted to place him on “special leave”, as part of a political conspiracy to get rid of him.

Vavi was placed on leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing into an affair he had with a Cosatu employee he met at an airport check-in counter and appointed to work for the labour federation.

The “intelligence report”, titled simply “Source Reports”, gives snippets of information headed by dates and times about the activities of an American think-tank, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which is supposedly aiming to establish a “United States of America in Africa” by infiltrating and overthrowing governments.

Although the grammar and spelling in the report are better than other similar “bogus” intelligence reports released before, some of the sentences are long and difficult to make sense of.

It seems to have been compiled by an NED mole, who has been pulling information off the organisation’s network and sending it in the form of these reports.

It also contains transcripts of meetings and SMSes between South African political figures not sympathetic to the ANC or President Jacob Zuma, and NED representatives.

NED supposedly works through funding NGOs, paying off Constitutional Court judges, and funding new parties like Agang and Amcu.

The report claims Vavi was approached two years ago by NED, but wasn’t interested then. It implies that he subsequently started working to further NED’s aims.

It said: “Vavi, who after six months will make the union deeply divided, radar less [sic], and causing members to deflect to other unions”.

It said a fight for control of unions will ensue and the trouble would eventually cause mines to shut down. “Investors will stop coming to SA and pull out investments, those who lose jobs will be deregulated and desperate. NGOs will move in with food parcels buying trust and circulate misinformation inciting rage, that coupled with other factors will have chaos and uprisings,” the report says.

It claims the Marikana shootings last year had been carefully orchestrated as part of a “grand conspiracy” to overthrow the state, and service delivery protests and xenophobic violence were part of this conspiracy.

The report also linked various South African political figures to Agang, which it said was getting support from NED.

“I have no doubt in my mind that this report has been widely circulated among certain leaders in the organisation, and have changed the readers’ perspectives about me,” Vavi told journalists.

“Individuals who only yesterday would have laid their lives on the line in my defence and in the defence of the organisation have changed in the recent past and today are my worst political enemies.”

He said the report was a complete fabrication. He said it seemed as if state organs were abused and his lawyers would be writing to State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and the Inspector-General of Intelligence in this regard.

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