Cosatu audit bad news for Vavi

2014-02-11 15:46

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A Cosatu audit has made damning findings against suspended federation boss Zwelinzima Vavi, further compounding his political woes.

A SizweNtsalubaGobodo report, which was commissioned by the union federation to investigate irregularities in the sale and purchase of Cosatu’s headquarters last year, found that the price of the new building had been inflated.

At a press briefing, Cosatu acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said there was also a conflict of interest in that the Vavi’s stepdaughter was employed by VMS, the company that provides the fingerprinting service to the new building in Braamfontein, Joburg.

He said the report also found that there was a conflict of interest in the business relationship between VMS and Vavi’s wife, Noluthando.

The federation would be seeking legal advice and tax advice in line with the recommendation of the auditors, Ntshalintshali said.

Vavi is due to undergo a disciplinary hearing following his admission that he had sex with a subordinate at work.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini suggested Cosatu would not foot Vavi’s legal bill, and said he should be represented by a fellow employee.

The auditors’ investigation stalled earlier following the death of the lead investigator last year.

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