Vavi to be sued for defamation: Sowetan

2014-11-06 12:38
Zwelinzima Vavi. (Sapa)

Zwelinzima Vavi. (Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has filed replying papers in the South Gauteng High Court relating to a defamation lawsuit for calling his ex-lover a "nopatazana", and for saying her sexual harassment case was a plot to extort money, the Sowetan reported on Thursday.

"The first defendant [Vavi] pleads that he uttered the sentence complained of with the intention of explaining and/or apologising to his constituency for his conduct in having an extra-marital affair with a younger woman and also in the belief that the word 'nopatazana' is not derogatory", his defence said in court papers.

"The first defendant pleads that he uttered the sentence complained of in the exercise of his rights, did not constitute a statement of fact and would have been understood as commentary or opinion by a reasonable listener."

Vavi claims the word is not defamatory and that its English translation is "a woman of low morals" was incorrect.

Jaqueline Phooko, who accused Vavi of raping her, is seeking R4.1m in damages from him, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and its biggest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA.

Vavi later said he had an affair with Phooko, who had not reported a case of rape to police. Phooko's claim against Cosatu was after it published a statement penned by Vavi about her on its website. She alleges that Vavi said she tried to extort money from him through her sexual harassment case, and that she was a tool of his political opponents.

Phooko's claim against Numsa was after Mbuso Ngubane, a regional secretary in KwaZulu-Natal, claimed Phooko was coerced into making up the rape allegation to damage Vavi's political career.
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