Vavi on special leave - reports

2013-08-14 23:01

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Cape Town - Zwelinzima Vavi has been put on indefinite special leave by the central executive committee meeting of Cosatu, according to informed sources.

Cosatu will only release an official statement on Thursday.

Carien du Plessis of City Press reports "there has been no official confirmation, but sources with close information about the special Cosatu central executive committee meeting at Cosatu House today confirmed this."

The special meeting was called to discuss Vavi’s future after he admitted to having an affair with a woman he appointed.

The CEC is made up of officials from Cosatu’s affiliates and labour federation provincial leaders. It could vote to expel, suspend or retain Vavi following his admission that he had an affair.

The meeting went on for almost 10 hours and ended just before 21:00. Vavi was asked to leave the meeting at 14:00.

It is understood the woman has also been put on special leave.

The Mail & Guardian reports an insider told them: "The meeting was tense and tough but we managed to keep cool heads. We requested him to leave the meeting. Before he left he admitted to his mistakes and asked for an apology.

The CEC did not respond to him while he was there. We asked him to leave so that we can discuss the report."

Cosatu’s deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali will act in Vavi’s position.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has not commented.

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