Cosatu ignores Numsa demand on Vavi meeting

2013-08-14 00:00

THE Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) will ignore a demand by its biggest union, Numsa, and continue with a special meeting that may dismiss general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Patrick Craven, Cosatu’s official spokesperson, last night confirmed that the meeting by Cosatu’s executive committee would continue today to discuss the affair which Vavi had made public two weeks ago.

He admitted to having had an affair with a much younger Cosatu member of staff. He had appointed the woman after he had met her at O.R. Tambo airport.

The meeting ignores a demand Numsa’s central executive committee made over the weekend that Cosatu cancel the meeting because it would be unconstitutional.

“We are still busy deciding if we will attend it [the meeting] today,” Irvin Jim, general secretary of Numsa, said last night.

Vavi is an outspokend critic of the President Jacob Zuma and corruption in the ANC. Numsa supports Vavi and has threatened to withdraw from the Cosatu if steps are taken against Vavi today.

There is a possibility that the municipal workers’ union Samwu, which also supports Vavi, may follow Numsa.

The regional structures of both unions have in the past couple of weeks issued statements in which it opposed attempts to take disciplinary actions against Vavi.

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