Vavi not commenting on forensic report

2014-02-12 08:20

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Suspended Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will not respond to the merits of a forensic report released, his spokesperson has said.

John Dludlu said yesterday Vavi had not seen the report or discussed its findings.

“Therefore, we are not commenting on the (de)merits of the ‘report’ at this stage,” he said.

A forensic audit conducted by SizweNtsalubaGobodo found irregularities in the sale of the old Cosatu House.

“The central executive committee reviewed a final report by auditors SizweNtsalubaGobodo on conclusion of their investigation into allegations,” Cosatu acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters in Joburg.

Besides the selling and buying of Cosatu’s old and new buildings, the auditors probed a possible conflict of interest concerning Vavi and his stepdaughter. She was employed by a service provider doing business with the trade union federation.

The service provider, VMS, provided technology for the fingerprinting system, among other services, at Cosatu’s new premises in Braamfontein.

The auditors found a conflict of interest regarding the business partnership between VMS and Vavi’s wife.

Dludlu said that although Vavi had cooperated fully with the numerous parallel investigations he had been subjected to in the past 12 months, they found it curious that the investigators elected to ambush him by not sharing their findings with him.

“We place on record that Mr Vavi was given an undertaking by the facilitators that he would be afforded a chance to comment on any findings against him and his comments would form part of the final report.”

Dludlu said the actions appeared to demonstrate bias, unprofessional conduct and a misunderstanding of and a lack of appreciation for the seriousness of the matter at hand and the implications thereof.

“We believe Mr Vavi has been clearly denied proper right to be heard by the forensic firm in discussing the report with the Cosatu central executive committee prior to his comments on its findings,” he said.

Vavi would consult his lawyers.

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