Vavi charges ‘not reinstated’

2014-11-20 12:40

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions has denied that it had “reinstated charges” against its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

“Nothing can be further from the truth,” Vavi told reporters in Joburg today.

“The Cosatu special central executive committee took no such decision.”

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said the committee “affirmed what was already there”.

“The ANC shall deal with that matter in a political approach. Those matters [the charges] are part and parcel of that political process,” he said.

Cosatu’s central executive committee sat in Joburg yesterday. The meeting was a continuation of one held on November 7, at which Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, was expelled.

The agenda for the November 7 meeting included an update on the disciplinary process against Vavi, an update on litigation against Cosatu, Dlamini’s report on the request for the special national congress, and the signing off of the draft secretariat report.

These items had been put on hold since April when the African National Congress task team intervened to help Cosatu solve its internal problems.

Vavi today said it was decided that all matters on the agenda required informal discussions among all Cosatu affiliates.

“[This will] culminate in a central executive committee to endorse a package of proposals emerging from this engagement.

“In this regard the committee agreed to allow the national office bearers working with the ANC task team and former Cosatu leaders to develop proposals on how this engagement will be undertaken.”

He said the ANC task team would meet national office bearers on Monday or Tuesday.

During yesterday’s meeting the central executive committee received a report from Dlamini regarding the call for a special national congress.

“The committee endorsed the report, which includes working together towards a date on which the congress will be held,” Vavi said.

“This date will be finalised as part of the engagement we will embark upon.”

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