Vavi suspension a witch-hunt - Samwu

2013-08-30 07:19
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Johannesburg - The suspension of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was a witch-hunt against him, Samwu said on Thursday

"We have accepted the general secretary's apology," SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) general secretary Walter Theledi said in a statement after the union's central executive committee meeting.

Cosatu announced last month that Vavi had been put on special leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing relating to an affair he had with a junior Cosatu employee, who accused him of sexual harassment.

"[We] have also noted that the female comrade has also withdrawn the grievance, which ultimately settles the matter," Theledi said.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) also pledged their support for Vavi following his suspension.

Theledi said the fact that details of the affair surfaced in Women's Month, while it took place in January, suggested there was a plot against Vavi.

"We were able to see this plan and that is why we didn’t rush into making any pronouncements as we were still assessing the situation," he said.

"No disciplinary measures should be taken against [the] general secretary and the female comrade, because we strongly believe that there is a political conspiracy around the whole debacle."

The union wanted Cosatu to hold a special national congress, which it said would unite the trade union federation and ensure it focused on its primary mandate of focusing on workers.

Samwu said the National Development Plan (NDP), in its current form, undermined economic transformation and the union wanted it reviewed.

Theledi said the union wanted the NDP discussed at the upcoming Alliance Summit, which would start on Friday.

Read more on:    fawu  |  cosatu  |  numsa  |  samwu  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  johannesburg

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