Vavi denies Cosatu allegations

By Drum Digital
12 February 2014

Suspended Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has denied damning audit findings.

The  probe initiated by Cosatu found that Vavi  was involved in the irregular purchase and sale of Cosatu's old and new headquarters.

It also declares a conflict of interest arising from the employment of Vavi’s stepdaughter to a Cosatu service provider and his wife's business partnership with a company linked to Cosatu.

“I have not been given an opportunity to refute them, it's not true that my wife is a director at ENS or that there's a business partnership, it's not true," says Vavi.

Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini says the probe was done by a reputable outside firm.

"It is so disheartening and so painful that Cosatu is debating on negative issues, nothing to do with the workers instead they are really completely side-lined by all this audits and leadership divisions,” said Vavi.

- Additional Reporting SAPA

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