Vavi faces suspension

2013-08-11 10:25
Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Judy Lelliot

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Judy Lelliot

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Johannesburg - Embattled Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi could face suspension this week if his opponents have their way at a trade union federation meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

According to the Sunday Times, Cosatu sources said they would push for the general-secretary’s suspension as well as for disciplinary charges to be laid against him. This comes after he was accused by a Cosatu staff member of having had non-consensual sex with her in her office in January.

Vavi denied raping her and insists that they had consensual sex. Her internal grievance against the Cosatu leader was withdrawn on 28 July, according to reports, but the matter remains controversial as Vavi does not deny that sex took place in the woman's office at the organisation's offices.

The scandal has highlighted the split within Cosatu as Vavi’s opponents say he has brought the federation into disrepute. His supporters however, believe the scandal does not affect his ability to lead the federation.
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