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Vavi to challenge suspension

By admin
17 August 2013

Cosatu general secretaryZwelinzima Vavi has vowed to challenge his suspension from the trade federation.

"I have instructed my lawyers to challenge the decision to put me on leave of absence pending investigation and possible disciplinary action," he said.

"I believe a grave injustice is being visited on me. I believe that my suspension will be proven to be both procedurally and unsubstantially unfair.

"The laws of the country, including the right to be treated fairly, has been trampled upon by the very same people who are mandated to defend the rights of workers and all South Africans, including myself."

He said one of the reasons he was challenging the suspension was that Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini had circulated an "intelligence report" that aimed to "destroy" him.

Cosatu recenlty announced that Vavi has been put on special leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing relating to an affair he had with a junior Cosatu employee.

"Vavi has been released from all his official duties as the general secretary during this period of investigation until such a time that the outcome of the [disciplinary] hearing is known," deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said.

Dlamini said Vavi was placed on special leave after the special central executive committee (CEC) meeting.