Sadtu denies plot to unseat Vavi

2012-08-24 20:00
Zwelinzima Vavi (Sapa)

Zwelinzima Vavi (Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Sadtu in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday denied a report that it was campaigning to unseat Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi at the union federation's elective congress next month.

"We would like to put it on record that these claims... are a fallacy and a concoction by those who do not want to see peace within our federation," SA Democratic Teachers' Union deputy provincial secretary Nomarashiya Caluza said in a statement.

"It is our view that when people have different views on any issue they should voice it within our organisation, which is the federation."

According to a report in Isolezwe on Thursday, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in the province claimed the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) did not want Vavi to be re-elected as Cosatu general secretary.

Numsa reportedly said Vavi may alter plans to have President Jacob Zuma re-elected as president of the African National Congress in Mangaung in December.

Caluza said Sadtu in the province was shocked to hear about such a "plot" in the newspaper.

"What remains important is to remind Numsa that the issue of whether Sadtu or any affiliate wants to oust... Vavi is a non-issue to us as our understanding tells us that during the congress itself the leadership of Cosatu will have to vacate their positions as per the constitution," he said.

Cosatu affiliates would then re-elect new leadership.

"We believe that it is not in the culture of any Cosatu affiliate to make reckless statements which are unfounded and cannot be verified," Caluza said.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) will hold its elective conference in Midrand in September.

There had been numerous reports that the trade union federation was divided over its support for ANC leaders. Cosatu denied this.

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