Vavi 'treated unfairly'

2014-01-18 14:10
Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Sapa)

Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was being treated unfairly, his spokesperson John Dludlu said on Saturday.

"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.

"This is unfair, and in our view represents a further assault on the rights of Mr Vavi."

On Friday, The Mail & Guardian reported that the Congress of SA Trade Unions (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 January 13 2014. The charge sheet was served on Vavi last week, five months after he was put on special leave by the trade union federation.

Vavi was facing nine charges, according to the report.

According to the newspaper Vavi's disciplinary inquiry would be chaired by one of the country's top legal minds, advocate Wim Trengove SC. 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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