Vavi 'happy' at withdrawal of complaint

2013-07-29 16:20

Johannesburg - Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi is happy that a grievance against him has been withdrawn by his accuser, he said on Monday.

"I am pleased that the grievance [hearing] has been finalised," Vavi said in a statement.

"I hope that we all can put this saga behind us so that we all can concentrate on the real issues of the day - ensuring that we have a vibrant trade union federation that promotes South Africa and the interests of workers."

Vavi admitted to having consensual sex with a married woman, who was employed by the Congress of SA Trade Unions [Cosatu], and claimed she later tried to extort R2m from him and alleged rape.

He denied raping her, and said the sex was consensual.

However, she brought a complaint of sexual harassment against him at work.

The hearing commenced on Monday morning.

Vavi said the woman withdrew the complaint two hours into the hearing.

He said he would consult with his lawyer to see if any further action could be taken regarding the complaint.

"In the light of the extreme damage that has been done to my reputation, I will consult with my lawyers to consider any further actions about this matter."

  • Rashid Davids - 2013-07-29 16:24

    Eish! What a relief for bra Vavi ne....

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2013-07-29 16:34

      Relief but next time be a bit more organised if you can't contain yourself, like most men do. Book a room in a top hotel.

      Foc Us - 2013-07-29 17:13

      We will see if Vavi takes her to court!! If he does then I will regard him a innocent ... if he does NOT then I KNOW they made a deal to keep her mouth shut ... I wonder if he is going to pay her a lump some or pay her in instalments ....

      Ivan Frantz - 2013-07-29 17:45

      Its all over the Social network and the media. How do you withdraw this accusation which Vavi admitted to doing ( consensually ) ??? The damage has already been done !!!

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-29 18:05

      A public accusation of rape was made... the police are duty bound to investigate it.. sorry, forgot where I was for a moment...

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-29 18:07

      Can anyone imagine the pressure placed on this woman to withdraw her statement..?

      Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-07-30 14:29

      I wouldnt be happy with a "withdrawal"

  • Terry Elkington - 2013-07-29 16:25

    I wonder how many other skeletons are in your large cupboard ??

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2013-07-29 16:37

      Take stock of those in yours 'saint' Terry!!

      bob - 2013-07-29 16:41

      Or else what Nhamo?

      MCCIA - 2013-07-29 16:50

      how many are in yours mate? Since you wanna play an honesty game

  • Willow Segole - 2013-07-29 16:27

    I am also happy for you but dont do that again

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2013-07-29 16:42

      Seconded, you are forgiven for now!!

      MCCIA - 2013-07-29 16:53

      He must be very careful - I know he will do it again

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-07-29 16:28

    That a head of federation can have sex with a junior employee on work premises during working hours without any consequence, says much about that organisation.

      bob - 2013-07-29 16:29

      and then your kids find out about it - that's where their bread comes from - sis!

      Thabo Kgoebane - 2013-07-29 16:40

      True that. Vavi must be disciplined for bring the union into disrepute. Having a sexual relations with your juniors at work is unprofessional. Internal disciplinary measures must be taken. But only for this endeavour.

      bob - 2013-07-29 16:42

      And is it OK if he does it again?

      Ms M. - 2013-07-29 16:55

      It makes you wonder what other leaders do with their time during the day. Is this normal business?

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2013-07-29 17:23

      Very normal Ms M. As we speak or debate this matter, some men are being rewarded in kind by their female subordinates, very very normal

      PhilMemon - 2013-07-29 18:04

      If he cheats on his wife, who he committed to before God, what must he think of the union members he's supposed to represent? Do you think he will put their interests ahead of his own? True colours are showing.

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-29 18:08

      Nhamo... only in an abnormal society.

  • Abe Sunday - 2013-07-29 16:30

    The lady have to be charge for damage to Vavi reputation,reason,many poor guys have suffered from this accussation.

      Abe Sunday - 2013-07-29 16:36

      I know what im saying,you talk to a lady nicely and she agree to have sex with you,after some days she wl say you raped her.

      thozi - 2013-07-29 20:07

      That's a bit cruel, the poor woman still faces the destruction of her family - but Vavi will live another day and will probably earn the tittle of a 'Rambo'. I'm sure he initiated the whole thing. You know what they say? "Only women bleed". It could be that the two million Rand solicitation was initiated by her husband - she was only trying to save her marriage which Vavi helped to destroy.

  • Lungile Mabaso - 2013-07-29 16:32

    damage to his reputation, he should have thought about that when he cheated and had unprotected sex with a married women. He should nt act like a victim

      Ms M. - 2013-07-29 16:57

      @Lungile, I agree. He is an old man with loose morals. Lets call a spade a spade here

  • Jomo Kgomo - 2013-07-29 16:33

    Vavi you recently announced that your life is in danger and you are considering to leave politics due to family pressure, I am just wondering if the pressure was not from your wife due to his sexual appetite? The woman lied about rape to save her marriage.

  • Ennia Mikateko Chauke - 2013-07-29 16:34

    bloody rapist

      Jomo Kgomo - 2013-07-29 16:53

      How can you utter such words when the complainant has already withdrawn the case? Think a bit dude.

      Foc Us - 2013-07-29 17:22

      I do not agree with that comment but Jomo it also does NOT mean that if someone withdraws the charge then all of a sudden you become innocent!! IF you guilty you guilty .... charge or no charge!!

  • Motlogelwa Seloana - 2013-07-29 16:37

    no one is clean on this planet xcept a new born baby, we all have a dark sides. who doesnt? a public figure or not we all the same.

      PhilMemon - 2013-07-29 18:08

      But if he can't control himself & stop himself from doing what he KNOWS is wrong, can he be trusted in a position of power? I would say he should be removed. The man has proven himself to be selfish, even to the point where he did something that would really hurt his own wife & family. I would not trust this man to act on my behalf.

  • Zilla Mosia - 2013-07-29 16:40

    He is happy , what if de woman is about to open de real case, rape case!

  • Papiki Mahlatsi - 2013-07-29 16:43

    This is very sickening, charges withdrawn or pressed that was not supposed to happen at all, we are tired of leaders indicating right but going to the left, in other countries this act is enough to bring the leadership to an abrupt end, but in SA you earn an admiration of your cadres, AIDS is moving at a snail pace. Sies, gah, poo.

  • Moni Morena - 2013-07-29 16:44

    How much did his guys bribe the lady with?

  • Ntokozo Biyela - 2013-07-29 16:44

    Cases where senior members in workplaces make advances to their female subordinates are reported daily. If Mr Vavi did as was accused, the lady would have pressed forward with the case. The sudden change of heart is unfortunate. I am forced to agree with both Malema and Vavi about possible political onslaught.

      PhilMemon - 2013-07-29 18:16

      But...but...but he admitted to doing it. Is it only wrong if it was rape? The man cheated on his wife & admitted it only AFTER he was threatened. So maybe he will misappropriate COSATU resources and only admit to it AFTER he gets caught. only IF he gets caught. Dishonest behavior indicates a dishonest person. It's time South Africans held their leaders to a higher standard. Look at where this is getting us!

  • proudlysa - 2013-07-29 16:45

    Vavi and Zuma ( the latter with Charlize Theron today) advocate against unprotected sex and then they screw around without condoms?? Please explain how and why they should be taken seriously

  • Tony Thobejane - 2013-07-29 16:47

    "Zip it up," Malema advises.(Pretoria News - 29 July 2013). You've learnt a good lesson "Vavavoom" Vavi. We've been told over and over again, that, "men are born fools!"

  • Itumeleng Tshatiwa - 2013-07-29 16:48

    I am happy with the withdrawal of this complaint against comrade Vavi but he has been painted with a different brush already. The fact that he confessed having sexual pleasure with another woman other than his wife, without even protection, has damaged his intergrity as a well respected man. One might even be tempted to ask how many young girls out there Vavi scored? He must be very careful now cos the enermies were rejoicing for his political downfall already!

  • Thetha Mthethi - 2013-07-29 16:49

    Its a blessing to GS to exit in the federation without having a dark cloud hanging in his head. Its better for him to vacate the position as soon as possibble so that his emage won't be danted.

  • Maluta Hector Musundwa - 2013-07-29 16:50

    But the damage had been done. Those who are trying to silence him,are going back to the drawing board to strategise on how to bring him down to earth like Julius Malema. He had to learn on never to trust Mantashe,Blade,Zuma and S'dumo Dlamini..they want you Vavi out of Cosatu,so for them to benefit on e-toll and labour brokers.

  • Maluta Hector Musundwa - 2013-07-29 16:50

    But the damage had been done. Those who are trying to silence him,are going back to the drawing board to strategise on how to bring him down to earth like Julius Malema. He had to learn on never to trust Mantashe,Blade,Zuma and S'dumo Dlamini..they want you Vavi out of Cosatu,so for them to benefit on e-toll and labour brokers.

  • Sifiso Sosibo - 2013-07-29 16:51

    Be the BETTER person Comrade Vavi by smoking PEACE pipe with her family cause both you've DISGRACED them! But unleashing your WRATH against your back-stabbing colleagues will be a blessing in disguise for suffering nation at the mercy of corrupt selfish politicians?

  • Lums Zindela - 2013-07-29 16:52

    Vavi please mind your dip-stick, it can land you in trouble one day.

      Synomore - 2013-07-29 17:28

      These so called leaders dont learn, Look he supported his once confidant, what did he learn nothing I wonder if he used gloves as they say or he just rushed to shower as it is a norm.

  • Ol Mabaso - 2013-07-29 16:53

    Never again?

  • MCCIA - 2013-07-29 16:53

    He must be very careful - I know he will do it again .... He is a man ...

      Moss Kop - 2013-07-29 18:08

      True to that for Vavi. Men are not the same as women are not the same. What Vavi did does not mean that all men will do it.

  • Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-07-29 16:53

    So quick?

  • Moss Kop - 2013-07-29 16:55

    How are you going to deal with bosses who have sex with their employees @ work, because you did that Vavi. It was wrong of you to have sex @ the work place,and that is not a setup. While I support u. U should apologies to all women workers who are facing all this can't of problems in their daily ives.

  • Thembani Mabyeni - 2013-07-29 16:55

    If ever the allegation had some weight it should have been reported immediately. Why now then just before the hearing she withdrew the charge? Also, why was the matter only reported to Cosatu and not to the police? Shame on you woman...

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-07-29 16:55

    Being happy that she has withdrawn the complaint is one thing, but undoing the irreparable damage to your integrity, if ever you had one, is another. You have made your bed, so you must lie on it. Honey-trap is an old trick in the book but you did not see it coming. Knives were sharpened for you a long time ago by those who were calling for your removal. Like biblical Samson falling for Delilah's trick you were hooked line, hook and sinker. How you didn't see it coming?

  • Kelvin De Beer - 2013-07-29 16:57

    Vavi must stop polishing other kids

  • Tebogo Dipico - 2013-07-29 17:00

    In a Zuma style, now we have to move on lol . Here we go... 'South Africa's largest union federation leader admitted to having sex with a collegue in the office during working hours' but still kept his job. What about the integrity of the office he hold, we have seen people resigning before not only because they wanted to....but only to protect the credibility of the office they were entrusted with. To me its like he says SO WHAT. Someone resigned in South Africa not so long ago, saying the credibility of the office he held come 1st. I didnt know that much about Oupa Magashule but i held this man with high esteem since then. Thiese are type of people who value their country more than themselves. Mxm banana republic

      PhilMemon - 2013-07-29 18:24

      I could not agree with you more! If South Africans allow their leaders to behave like this with impunity, it just shows we have ZERO respect for ourselves. We let Zuma get away with it, now Vavi, whose next? What next? Are they gonna come to your door and tell you to bring your wife out because they want to have a fun time???? We should be angry with these leaders. We should be baying for their blood! They are OUR representatives. WE put them there, but we do nothing & so they think they are above the law and above us all. We are nothing but livestock to them. Sies! South Africa! You get what you deserve! Zumba, Malema, Vavi, Maharaj, Pieterson, list goes on. Crooks and connivers all of them! Sies!

  • Simo Mqadi - 2013-07-29 17:05

    come on...why politisising everything? if u don't do tax returns, open yo zip in the offices, etc. u obviously will face consequences and plz stop saying someone is behind everything.....

      Jabulani Ndlamlenze - 2013-07-29 17:28

      100% spot on.

  • thozi - 2013-07-29 17:12

    Sadly Vavi cannot be trusted or be congratulated. To take an advantage of a naïve 26 year old married woman is real sad. He should be ashamed of himself. The married lady should as well be ashamed of "crying wolf" when she clearly was a willing participant. Attempting to solicit money on top of that, was equally horrible. Cosatu should show both the door, otherwise the moral perception of our youth will be corrupted for ever.

  • Phillip M Seopa - 2013-07-29 17:16

    Vavi has narrowly escaped

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-07-29 17:16

    She was obviously told, drop the case or else!!!!

      Eva Leshabane - 2013-07-29 18:13

      Its obvious she was told to drop the case

  • Leonard Salvatore - 2013-07-29 17:17

    The ANC has achieved its goal of discrediting Vavi. No wonder their bait wthdrew de case.

  • Ntokozo Ngobese - 2013-07-29 17:18

    Hey! That was a close call Vavi neh!

  • Salukazi Funeka - 2013-07-29 17:27

    Vavi watchout your bru and thanks yo larwyer.

  • Nyeuza Magoro - 2013-07-29 17:31

    b careful vavi thy wnt u n thy stl nt done as thy did 2 EFF president

  • jerhone - 2013-07-29 17:53

    imagine the old commie apologizing to his wife "ek is so jammer my vrou maar haar bene was vavi oop" ek kon nie my self terug hou nie"

  • Ratshilindela Tshilidzi - 2013-07-29 17:57

    that's why we don't believe women when they are raped.It's because of women like her who...or was she bribed 2 shut her mouth or she's just a liar and an extortionist.VAMPS!

  • Xolani Sokabo - 2013-07-29 18:16

    Yho! Mr Vavi it was close neh.

  • Sibusiso Shabalala - 2013-07-29 18:29

    Vavi 'happy' WITH withdrawal of complaint! Not 'at'! ..Who writes this stuff??

  • Mzi Ngubane - 2013-07-29 18:38

    "Vavi admitted to having consensual sex with a married woman who was employed by the Cosatu..." further than that the incident took place inside the offices of the federation...surely that needs to be internally investigated, otherwise it will create anarchy for the federation and set a wrong precedent going forward taking into consider the position of the secretary.

  • Sello Banda - 2013-07-29 18:41

    this should be a lesson to woman out there that if something bad happens they should report emmidiatley so that they should be on a safer side

  • Emmanuel Maboko - 2013-07-29 18:45

    Mr Vavi, sis, where is your integrity? A 50 year old male, with 6 kids. Why are you busy with other women particularly the 26 year old married woman breaking other people's marriages. I'm really not impressed about your behaviour. I always agree with you on what you are standing for, "the fight against corruption". You are now compromised. You are a wonderful leader, please Zip up and pants up particularly in your office.

  • Nhlanganiso Joseph - 2013-07-29 19:00

    Your reputation has been compromised,your voice on issues of morality is are trustworthy no more.i remember yu calling minister Cwele to resign.Are you going to resign Mr Vavi?

  • Fanie Fp Hugo - 2013-07-29 19:08

    was she the first and only one ??? a boss doing this is not a boss.if he was a boss he know that this type of behaivior was wrong.just another way of intimidation on workers !!! or she is silent as well.why 2 hours into the hearing ?? maby he agre to pay the 2 milion !!! lol

  • Ndivhuwo Percy - 2013-07-29 20:22

    Crazy woman

  • Leilanie Ellmann - 2013-07-29 20:29

    maybe she was threatened to withdraw charges or else face consequences!!!!

  • Phill Sarefa - 2013-07-29 20:45

    sex while at work and in the office whose rent is paid for by workers. This is stealing form the poor. That's why AMCU is getting stronger. COSATU leaders are enjoying sex in air-conditioned offices while the real owners are sweating or freezing.

  • Jeffrey King - 2013-07-29 22:19

    I just hope ntate mogolo vavi he used a condom or maybe he took a shower too lol