Women led move to oust Vavi

2013-08-18 12:10
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Johannesburg - The Sunday Times reported that female unionists wanted the federation to discipline the general secretary, saying failure to do so would mean it condoned his actions. This  was revealed by a number of trade unionists who attended the Cosatu Central Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday in Johannesburg.

The special meeting was convened following the admission by Vavi that he engaged in sex with a junior staff member in her office at the trade union.

According to those at the meeting, the South African Medical Association’s Phophi Ramothuba led the charge in calling for Vavi’s suspension. A number of other women activists supported the call saying that Cosatu should not be seen to condone the incident.

Allegations of rape

The junior staff member first alleged that Vavi had raped her, and he claimed that a demand was made that he pay R2m to keep the allegations from going public.

Vavi confirmed that he and the woman had sex but denied he had raped her, and she later withdrew her complaint against him in the course of a hearing at the organisation. At the time, Vavi told City Press: "I hope that we all can put this saga behind us so that we all can concentrate on the real issues of the day."

"I have to be truthful to the public, I have had to deal with my family for not being faithful and it is a difficult matter. I apologise to everyone for having had an affair while I have a perfect marriage. I shouldn't have done that, it was a bad error on my side, I shouldn't have had a relationship at all," Vavi told City Press.

The complainant - who appears not to have laid criminal charges against Vavi - refused to speak to City Press.

"I am not going to say anything. Feel free to write whatever you want," she said.
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