As it happened: Vavi media conference

2013-08-16 14:12

Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi addressed a media conference in Johannesburg. See the updates here.

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15:17 3m

-Vavi leaves the conference room flanked by hundreds of workers singing and hugging him.


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Thank you SABC, you'll soon give me the reason to renew my licence. Fair coverage of and


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Now waiting on reaction , wonder who will shoot first


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the crowd singing "uyenzeni u vavi, we setumo awu phendule"


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This is NOT what we gave up our lives for. Vavi concludes and says "thanks comrades" KL


15:12 4m

- thank u very much comrades I have to go. He sounds irritable. Hugs his friends from the union. Some try to sing


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every conspiracy is supposedly my fault, including Xenophobic attacks


15:10 4m

- today we can't have discussions on our phone because paranoia. What type of democracy is this? People didn't die for this


15:08 4m

- I released Browse Mole, said u don't release reports like this, present it to courts of law. I spent 35 yrs in struggle not for this


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- put my misdemeanours on a scale of justice - with all the other allegations against others - and see who is more wrong ..


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I ask if he regrets his decisions before Polokwane. He asks if I want him to make headline statements here. Well ja


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Really, really, really selfish to do this on a day of remembrance for the men and women of Marikana. It is about them, not you.


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14:46 1m

- My personal security - I have been followed/ dead dogs and cats in my yard/ death threats now …


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: I explained that it was around 2005-7 when I was followed by cars with wrong reg numbers, when cats and dogs thrown at me.


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says he will not resign as he would be doing a great injustice to Cosatu members who voted for him


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14:41 Vavi starts answering questions.


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What is the source of the intelligence report? Has its authenticity been verified? How did establish it is not a hoax?


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14:38 Statement Vavi has just read out is being distributed to the media.

14:37 Applause for Vavi 


14:37 1m

I have broken no law.


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They going to add to his disciplinary charges RT : : Today the federation of workers is in total turmoil, divided & paralysed


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Oh,no, sounding like a mix between JZ (intelligence out to get me) and Juju (they want us to be a desk of Luthuli House).


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#Vavi The aim is not only to destroy and smear me, but others like Tokyo Sexwale, Irvin Jim, Cyril Ramaphosa @Jacanews KL


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#VAVI - intension is to reduce #COSATU into a labour desk of the governing party


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#Vavi no one can be unaware that for more than a year some faceless and identified union leaders launched a systematic campaign to oust me


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14:18 Vavi says he's releasing a letter his lawyers wrote in response to a Cosatu meeting.


14:17 1m

- looks angry…


14:16 Supporters singing as Vavi starts speaking.


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14:08 8m

we are waiting Vavi. Many Numsa members are present in the conference.


14:01 : members of Numsa singing: "what has Vavi done, tell us Sidumo Dlamini"."


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Numsa leadership showing support at the presser.


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