Vavi: After 63 days, still no charges

2013-10-18 00:00

AFTER 63 days of being suspended but not formally charged by Cosatu, Zwelinzima Vavi took his frustration to the social networks yesterday.

“It’s now over 60 days since my illegal suspension — no charges advanced. Public sector code don’t allow suspension of 60 days without charges (sic),” the suspended secretary-general tweeted.

He added that Sadtu president Thobile Ntola was in the same situation — “no charges in 64 days for dare stating that members have accepted my apology in PE” (sic).

Vavi followed up with a lengthy post on his Facebook page, including: “Everyone knows why I was put on suspension. Now after 63 days I have not been charged” (sic).

He said he had challenged the legality of his suspension in court.

“In response a faction in Cosatu now claims in court papers that it is investigating financial irregularities as a means of justifying my continued illegal suspension,” said Vavi.

He said the same faction claimed he alone had sold an old Cosatu building and bought a new property without anyone knowing.

“Forensic auditors were appointed [Sizwe, Ntsaluba & Gobodo] to check if there was evidence to back this public run campaign. No evidence was presented to auditors and they still waiting for anyone with such evidence to produce it (sic),” he said.

Vavi suspected his detractors were trying to convince the court that there were genuine reasons for why he and Ntola should remain on suspension and to justify why there were no charges in 63 days.

“I don’t steal from workers nor anyone else!” he said.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said preparations for the court case had led to delays in formalising charges against Vavi.

He said they were on the verge of laying charges, but wanted to ensure that no rules or procedures were flouted during the investigation against Vavi and Ntola.

“We are doing all this to ensure that Vavi is charged fair and square,” said Dlamini.

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