Cosatu denies leaking Vavi charge sheet

2014-01-18 17:59
Zwelinzima Vavi (Picture: Sapa)

Zwelinzima Vavi (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu on Saturday denied any involvement in leaking suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's charge sheet to the media.

"[We] challenge anyone who makes such claims [that we leaked the report] to substantiate or withdraw them," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"Cosatu never intended to inform the media about the charges being delivered, but was forced to do so only after this information had already been leaked and published by others."

Turning to social networking site Twitter on Saturday, Vavi said: "Leaking charges is gross violation of my rights! It's an attempt to conduct media trial hoping trump up allegations will dent my reputation."

His spokesperson John Dludlu said Vavi felt he was being treated unfairly.

"Like the continuous selective leaks of details of the forensic probes against him during the five months of his illegal suspension, we believe the purpose of this week's latest leaks is to subject Mr Vavi to a media trial with the hope that some, if not all, of the trumped up charges against him will stick like mud," Dludlu said in a statement.

On Friday, The Mail & Guardian reported that the Cosatu leadership wanted Vavi fired from his position without any notice.

The newspaper said it was in possession of the 33-page charge sheet dated 13 January 2014.

The charge sheet was served on Vavi last week, five months after he was put on special leave by the trade union federation.

Charges

Vavi was facing nine charges, according to the report. They were:

Recruitment and employment of the junior Cosatu employee without going through the relevant challenges

Relationship with the Cosatu employee

The conversion of the junior to permanent employee

Supervision of the woman he was accused of having an affair with – alleged failure by Vavi to supervise her work performance has allegedly led to travel expenses amounting to R483 737 in 2012 and R778 624 in 2013 not accounted for

Distribution of internal grievance and response on Twitter before Cosatu could hear the grievance

Personal expenses and personal travel paid for using a Cosatu credit card

Claiming during a Carte Blanche interview that the administrative secretary of Cosatu had interviewed the junior employee for her position

Breach of suspension conditions

Utterances derogatory of Cosatu and its leadership, which include a statement posted on Numsa's website shortly after Vavi was suspended in which he questioned the motive of his suspension.

Disciplinary inquiry

According to the newspaper Vavi's disciplinary inquiry would be chaired by one of the country's top legal minds, Advocate Wim Trengove. He would be authorised to make findings on all the charges and also decide on the appropriate sanction.

Vavi would be allowed legal representation at the inquiry.

Dludlu said Vavi hoped the country would see through the "malicious agenda”.

"The basic rule at all times is that the onus and the burden of proof lies with the one making allegations. Mr Vavi is no different - he remains innocent until proven guilty."

Dludlu said Vavi was confident of his innocence and would be vindicated.

- SAPA
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