Vavi: Bring it on

2013-05-29 13:29

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Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has challenged anyone with evidence of wrongdoing against him to “bring it on”.

He told journalists at a press conference at Cosatu House in Braamfontein today that no one has so far produced evidence of wrongdoing against him.

“If evidence against me is produced, I will do what I always ask people to do. I will walk. There won’t be a hearing. There won’t be a commission of inquiry,” said Vavi.

The press conference came on the first day of a Cosatu central executive committee meeting specially convened to deal with issues causing division in the labour federation.

Allegations of wrongdoing against Vavi in the sale of the old Cosatu House and the purchase of the new one surfaced in the media around February – something which Cosatu ascribed to “leaks” and “sources” and which it said had no substance.

“If any union has evidence, they must go to the auditors and say: ‘Here is the evidence, here is my submission.’ That would be perfectly fair in my view,” Vavi said.

He said the allegations that surfaced in the media against him had not been made internally.

Auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo had been appointed to audit Cosatu’s books and to “facilitate” any submissions on wrongdoing, he said.

Vavi said the facilitators appointed after the February meeting, around which allegations against him first surfaced, didn’t find any wrongdoing.

The facilitators now had a more “flexible” mandate, he said, which meant they could go to unions to investigate rather than just wait for submissions.

“Even unions who were reluctant to speak before would now have to,” he said.

“Perhaps the previous process stalled because the facilitators did not have enough mandate to force people to talk. Perhaps this will achieve the purpose,” he said.

The deadline for submissions is next Thursday, and Cosatu is set to convene another central executive committee meeting in the first half of July to discuss the findings.

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