Vavi's family fears for his life

2013-07-25 18:25
Zwelinzima Vavi (Picture: Sapa)

Zwelinzima Vavi (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg – The family of Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has pushed him to quit politics, as they fear his life is in danger.

ENCA reported that his family held a meeting to urge the union leader to leave both Cosatu and the ANC.

"Well I hear that they are plotting now that they will convene a family imbizo in December, to plead with me to walk away because they think that it's not worth it. They fear that one day I will arrive back home on my back in a black coffin."

Vavi told eNCA that after alleged anonymous death threats, his family has become increasingly worried about his safety.

The union head said he has always had the support of his wife and family.

"My wife is a very very strong character I must say, and without her support I will be perhaps in deeper water than I am today," he said.

Vavi told eNCA that he never expected to fear for his life in a democratic SA.

"What is disappointing to me and I must say... that's a life I was expecting to go through including death at all moments, way back before 1994. After 1994 naïvely I thought that those things are things of the past... can never fear to speak on your phone, can never fear that food would be poisoned, that will have a car accident that is engineered or can never fear that you will be assassinated. But that's unfortunately the reality 19 years into the democracy today."

The alleged threats are being investigated by SAPS crime intelligent officers.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  johannesburg  |  politics

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