Cosatu meeting 'was constitutional'

2013-08-15 13:35
Zwelinzima Vavi (File, Sapa)

Zwelinzima Vavi (File, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The meeting which decided to place Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on special leave was held constitutionally, the trade union federation's president Sidumo Dlamini said on Thursday.

"The meeting was fully constitutionally convened by the Cosatu national office bearers, was quorate, and was attended by leaders of Cosatu affiliated unions and provincial structures," Dlamini told reporters in Johannesburg.

"It was agreed that every individual and structure involved must respect internal processes, without exception, and issues must only be communicated to media by national office bearers."

Numsa claim

Earlier, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim said the Congress of SA Trade Unions central executive committee (CEC) meeting held on Wednesday was not constitutional.

Dlamini said it was agreed at the meeting that it was properly constituted. He said Numsa's claim was recorded in the minutes of the meeting. However, the agreement was also recorded in the minutes.

Last month, a junior Cosatu employee accused Vavi of rape. He admitted to having a consensual affair with her. The woman subsequently withdrew a sexual harassment complaint against him.

The CEC met in Johannesburg on Wednesday to decide on possible sanctions against Vavi for the affair. Dlamini said Vavi was placed on special leave.

"After lengthy discussion, the [CEC] meeting agreed to conduct a full investigation into the allegations and to ask both the general secretary and the staff member to attend disciplinary hearings. The meeting insisted that everybody involved must be treated equally and that the process will be conducted in a free and fair manner, in full compliance with the Cosatu constitution."

The disciplinary hearing would be chaired by an independent person.

In the meantime Cosatu deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali would perform Vavi's duties.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  numsa  |  sidumo dlamini  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  irvin jim
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
40 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
4 real car inventions that seem like science fiction

Vehicle design and tech have come so far so fast, that what seemed impossible has become reality. These are some of the fun and exciting innovations that have found their way into vehicle tech.

/News
 

10 most expensive cars In the world

This is car porn at its best!

 
 

Luxury living

Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Watch: Flying first class has never been this luxurious!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a restless need for action and you may go overboard and fill your day with too many things in the need to be recognised...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.