Zwelinzima Vavi plans new federation

By Drum Digital
31 March 2015

The former general-secretary of COSATU has made plans to begin his own federation for workers

After this morning news about the expulsion of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, new rumours of him starting up his own federation have emerged.

Business Day reports that the ousted leader is looking into creating his own faction outside of the trade union he served for 16 years.

The daily reports that a special meeting will be held on May 5 and 6 by leaders of parties who still support Vavi which includes six Cosatu Unions and Numsa.

This meeting is allegedly in preparation for a worker summit that will take place in June which will probably introduce the new federation for workers.

Vavi has been quoted as saying that he will not respond to any "political questions" but wants to focus on the grassroots by taking up the "responsibility to mobilise workers".

The former general-secretary was expelled on Monday night after a special central executive committee meeting was held and this move will reportedly bring three years of in-fighting within the union to an end.

Vavi has been infamous for being vocal about his unhappiness over Cosatu's expulsion of Numsa from its camp and his general feelings towards the union have been negative but it seems the straw that broke the camel's back came when he held a press conference on Sunday where he dared his union bosses to fire him.

Cosatu will be holding a media briefing later this afternoon.

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