Sadtu pledges support for Vavi

2010-06-05 09:36

The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) resolved that it would

defend Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi.

The union’s general secretary, Mugwena Maluleke, said: “In the

meeting of Sadtu’s national executive committee held in Benoni on Friday

(yesterday), the union further reiterated its support for Vavi who is facing

disciplinary charges by the ANC for speaking out against corruption.”

The disciplinary action, the union said was declaration of war

against the working class: “The workers of this country refuse to be intimidated

by anyone and will fight back in order to teach those in the ANC who think they

are a father-organisation or father-members.” The union said it was committed to

root out corruption.

It lambasted as cowards people who sent Vavi death threats, calling

for them to show their faces: “We warn these cowards to come out and face the

workers and they shall meet their challenge.”

It said Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda has declared war by

threatening to sue Vavi if he did not publicly apologise for accusing him of


Vavi sparked a furore when he complained that neither the president

nor Cabinet had said they would investigate newspaper reports alleging

corruption among Cabinet ministers.

After that public statement, Vavi was asked who he was referring to

and he said Nyanda, who the Mail & Guardian newspaper had earlier reported

had run up a R500 000 hotel bill because his official house wasn’t ready, and

local government minister Sicelo Sicheka, who reportedly inflated his academic


This week Cosatu said it had been told that Vavi will face an ANC

disciplinary inquiry over these comments. Nyanda also appointed Edward Nathan

Sonnenbergs legal firm to send Vavi a letter demanding a full apology and

retraction by June 10.


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