'Vavi has a lively imagination'

2012-05-06 10:55

Johannesburg - DA leader Helen Zille has denied claims that she tried to recruit Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to her party.

"Zwelinzima certainly has a lively imagination. Next he’ll probably say I asked him to marry me," she said in a statement on Sunday.

"In all the many chats we have had over the years... I have never tried to recruit him to the [Democratic Alliance]. Maybe he wishes I had."

She said it was absurd, given their diverse approaches to growing the economy and creating jobs.

"If people disagree on their approach to South Africa's greatest challenge, it is impossible to absorb them into the same political party."

Vavi told the Sunday Times that Zille had "bugged" him to join her party at a football match.

He claimed Zille was preoccupied with recruiting him.

"She is very, very power-hungry because she has this mistaken view... that I can be recruited to the opposition ranks," he told the newspaper.

"She tried to recruit me, in person, to join the DA in the run-up to the local elections."

Vavi said he and the DA were like "water and paraffin" and he believed that Zille would take him on "at a personal level" because he had refused her advances.

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