Vavi: We all do things in dark corners

2013-07-28 07:28
Zwelinzima Vavi (File, Sapa)

Zwelinzima Vavi (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a young woman employed at the trade union head office.

The Sunday Times reported him as saying: “It’s a massive own goal on my part. We all do these things in dark corners and when they come out lots of people are hurt.”

“I want to apologise to everybody. It’s very sensitive, especially as it relates to my family, but I’m being blackmailed,” he said.

According to the newspaper, the husband of the woman involved said the incident had brought pain to his family.

“There is an internal process under way into this matter. That man is still her boss. I feel sick. I am angry about this.”

News broke on Saturday of the alleged rape and blackmail scandal in which Vavi is accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague, who then demanded R2m for the problem to go away.
City Press obtained documents relating to the matter, and the married Vavi on Friday confirmed that he had sex with the woman, but denied he had raped her.

Vavi also took to Twitter on Saturday defending himself against the rape allegation.

An internal Cosatu inquiry is due to convene on Monday into a formal grievance by the woman who claims Vavi raped her.

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