Vavi, rape accuser to face off

2013-07-28 23:11
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi (Picture: Sapa)

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi (Picture: Sapa)

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Vavi sexual harassment hearing

2013-07-29 08:13

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will attend an internal hearing on a sexual harassment grievance after a 26-year-old colleague accused him of raping her. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - Cosatu General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi and his rape accuser will face off on Monday at an internal hearing, eNCA reports.

The woman, a mother of two, claims Vavi forced himself on her. He's denied this, saying it was consensual sex.

"We all do these things in dark corners and when they come out lots of people are hurt,” the Sunday Times reported him as saying.

The 26-year-old woman said she believed the inquiry would get to the truth.

She has not laid a rape charge against Vavi, but is now facing a criminal investigation herself, for allegedly trying to extort R2m from the Cosatu leader.

She claims it was Vavi's wife who, after being made aware of the incident, allegedly suggested the rape accuser was entitled to a payoff. 

Noluthando Vavi, speaking to eNCA, categorically denied this.

And she is standing by her man.

“It’s sad and it’s unfortunate … But I have forgiven him because he came up very openly to me and he answered all the questions I asked him.

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