Vavi suspension case delayed

By Drum Digital
17 March 2014

Zwelinzima Vavi's legal challenge to his suspension will be heard next week instead of on Monday.

Suspended Cosatu general secretary

The case was initially set down in the High Court in Johannesburg for Monday but would now be heard next Thursday and Friday, Vavi said on his Twitter account.

"Please note the judge president shifted my case against illegal suspension from 17/18 to 27/28 March."

Vavi was suspended last year after he admitted to having an affair with a junior employee. She initially accused him of rape but did not lay charges with police.

On February 13, Vavi's spokesman John Dludlu said Vavi was discussing the possibility of legal action against the Congress of SA Trade Unions and an auditing firm.

"He is consulting with his lawyers to determine what course of action to take against both the firm and Cosatu," Dludlu told Sapa at the time.

On February 12, the Mail&Guardian reported that Vavi intended suing Cosatu and SizweNtsalubaGobodo for defamation after the release of a damning report against him.

The report by the firm found irregularities relating to the purchase of a new Cosatu building and selling the old one.

Besides the selling and buying of Cosatu's old and new buildings, the auditors also probed a possible conflict of interest concerning Vavi and his stepdaughter.

She was employed by a service provider which was 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 also found a conflict of interest with regard to the business partnership between VMS and Vavi's wife.

Vavi opposed the report, saying he was not afforded the opportunity to comment on it.

-by Sapa

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