Extortion case opened: Vavi lawyer

2013-07-27 15:22

Johannesburg - Lawyer Dup de Bruyn says a case of extortion has been opened against a woman who allegedly tried to blackmail Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi over a rape allegation.

De Bruyn said that the charge was laid at Sandton police station on Thursday evening.

Police spokesperson Kym Cloete verified this.

Vavi released a statement earlier on Saturday in which he denied having raped a Congress of SA Trade Unions colleague.

He claimed that he had been in a consensual extramarital affair with the woman.

A document presented as the woman's grievance complaint of sexual harassment, Vavi's response to this, and SMSes allegedly exchanged between the two was attached to the statement.

Vavi also claimed the woman demanded R2m from him in exchange for her silence on the matter.

De Bruyn said that the woman had not opened a case of rape with the police yet.

"We cannot comment further because there are two processes... the grievance procedure and the extortion charge..., which police are investigating."

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini was not immediately able to confirm whether a charge of rape had been opened.

The woman, whose name was included in Vavi's reply on the sexual harassment grievance, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


The grievance letter attributed to the woman was to the effect that she had no intention of having sex with Vavi.

The email, allegedly sent by the woman, reads that she had refused Vavi's advances but he had forced himself upon her.

The woman apparently stayed away from her job at Cosatu because she feared it would happen again.

Vavi said on his Twitter account on Saturday morning: "I know many are extremely disappointed at news that I have admitted to hav[ing] cheated on my wife.

"I have apologised to her profusely," he tweeted.

He apologised to the South African public for the indiscretion and said: "I am only human and fallible. I am no saint".

In his statement earlier on Saturday, Vavi said the matter was "extremely intimate, private, personal and delicate".

He appealed, on behalf of his own family and that of the woman, to the media for privacy.

"There are two families and children on both sides involved in this extremely delicate matter.

"Their interests are foremost in my mind as we go through this period."

In his statement earlier, Vavi denied having raped the woman.

"I categorically and emphatically deny that on 25 January 2013 I went to complainant’s office, 'grabbed' and kissed her, forcefully fondled her private parts and raped her."


Vavi said he believed the allegations were part of a plot to discredit him or extort money from him.

"All our encounters were encounters between two consenting adults who clearly had feelings for one another," he claimed.

"...For years now I have been dealing with consistent threats to my life, political assaults and efforts to destroy my contribution to the struggle of the working class and the poor in this country.

"Lately as we all know, these efforts to destroy me have intensified. I am unable not to view this matter in the same light."

Vavi told eNCA on Thursday that he had received numerous death threats, which hinted that he could be killed in a car "accident" or through poisoning.

On Saturday Vavi said he was "ready and willing to appear before any legitimate body to clear my name".

In response to the grievance against him, Vavi said: "On 3 July 2013 I received a letter ...[containing] the complainant’s demand for payment of two million rand".

"This letter convinced my wife and myself that I was being blackmailed to pay this amount."

The Vavis' lawyers also viewed this letter as blackmail, he said.

Six days later, the lawyers sent the woman and her husband a letter "informing them that what they were trying to do is blackmail and extortion".

Vavi said there was no response to this letter.

The letter, allegedly from the woman and her husband, was attached to Vavi's statement.

  • Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-27 15:25

    This is just the start of the circus... wait... more women will come forward.

      Mandla Wakwa Mahlangu - 2013-07-27 16:05

      I'm really disappointed by news 24 users, they just to the conclusion without knowing the truth, I trust Vavi, he didn't rape anyone.

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-27 16:14

      Mandlisto - so its OK to have sex at work with another woman?

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-07-27 17:05

      Squeegee: If I was a woman about to be raped I'd scream my head off and fight like hell. Both of us would full of scratches and bruises by the time the whole incident was over and I'd make a beeline for the cop shop to make a report after the incident. I certainly wouldn't go home to hubby, communicate with the rapist by sms and then hubby and I put together a letter demanding 2 million bucks for being raped. C'mon there's a awful smell of stuff we aren't being told here. Yes Vavi's an a**hole for having an extramarital affair but hasn't that been the pin in the back of many men from presidents (Zuma, Clinton, ol' Boris Yeltsin, that French IMF guy etc) to lowly domestics and their bosses while madam's gone to work? Anyone who plays hanky panky at work is surely asking for it and they deserve what they get. Anyone who demands 2 million bucks for for being "raped" and doesn't report the matter deserves what they get too!!

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-07-27 15:27

    Maybe this is a good thing. She and her husband where seeing money that they did not work for. Too many people try this trick and she is being used by the politicians that is against him, with promises of big money.

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-27 15:34

      "The grievance letter attributed to the woman was to the effect that she had no intention of having sex with Vavi. The email, allegedly sent by the woman, reads that she had refused Vavi's advances but he had forced himself upon her. The woman apparently stayed away from her job at Cosatu because she feared it would happen again." Amazing how many people automatically blame the woman... even other women...

      Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-07-27 15:52

      @ Pilot did this woman cry when she was being raped? I mean they were at COSATU house and therefore possibility of someone hearing her cries was there. Why didn't she report it? Why did she ask for R2 Million if she was raped?

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-07-27 16:05

      Woman like these disgust just as in Zumas case,they are taking us so many steps back and in future legimate rape victims will suffer bcos of their false claims.Why did she wait for 6mths and why ask for money first.

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-27 16:39

      Elbie, time will tell. I think this woman probably told her husband and he thought this was an opportunity to make money... The fact remains that Vavi really messed up...

  • Koki - 2013-07-27 15:36

    Here we go again... Same route we took with Zuma...."I did it but I didn't know" mxm

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-07-27 15:44

    There was no double up , any man would have done that too!

  • David Kwacheranji Banda - 2013-07-27 15:45

    let's all south Africans look at Vavi as a real man and I know this man has use condom an like other people viva viva Vavi

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-07-27 16:07

      were you there when he raped this married woman,holding a candle?

  • Lungiswa Lungiiswa - 2013-07-27 15:49

    Perhaps one need to rape then become a President in SA. Vavi for president in 2014.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2013-07-27 15:51

    Politicians can't pull up their zips. Dissapointed

  • Prudence Dee Tjeeko-Tshabalala - 2013-07-27 16:00


  • Philimon Mkwakwa Shumba - 2013-07-27 16:02

    Did you also took a shower after raping her?

  • Sabelo Mcondobi - 2013-07-27 16:06

    "I'm only human I'm not saint" we admire your courage nkokheli do not feel ashamed of yourself. Unlike many in this country who erred and never admitted that. It happened to comrade Fikile Mbalula (uJola). I wish that your wife find it in herself to forgive you. In politics akululanga. Nale izawudlula

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-07-27 16:09

      the wife must divorce him

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-07-27 16:17

      He cheated his 1st wife with her so now she knows how it feels.Once a cheat always a cheat nothing new.

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-07-27 16:32

      he is nothing but a cheater

      sam.khaz - 2013-07-27 17:30

      You ill informed people who says he,cheated according to who's moral is that.The wife here came frm same practice she will accept it anyway.

  • Maria Ditshego - 2013-07-27 16:12

    It's so sad Mr Vavi , don't know I think it's better u admitted , may your family forgive u .

  • DerickdeVilliers - 2013-07-27 16:15

    Vavi for President! He is 5 behind number 1!

  • Barbara Foster - 2013-07-27 16:19

    Time to bow-put clown!

  • Nico de Jongh - 2013-07-27 16:22

    Surely she could have screamed for help - during office hours. No semen no case. Although extortion might 'carry' if letter gets accepted in court.

  • Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-07-27 16:24

    Once a cheat always a cheat,u cheated your 1st wife with your current wife and many more now u are cheating her with this one.Rape it was n't all evidence is there that this woman was trying to blackmail and make some money she is worse than a prostitute.

  • sam.khaz - 2013-07-27 16:40

    I think this have become more of a trend for,Vavi to steal other peoples,wife it was Vavi not so long ago He, stole the Prison ward woman.And took her to over sea to watch, world cup where COSATU'S credit card was misused.But bcoz then the was a project to oust Mbeki and,deliver Zuma this issue was over look hence he survived.Subsequent to tht Vavi married this woman,who she's his current,wife so this we call it chickens coming home to roost,Will Madishe was humiliated by this cabal,bt little did they know tht honeymoon will not last,so final Vavi hav fallen on his sort.

  • Tebogo Dipico - 2013-07-27 16:51

    Lesson learned@vavi....if you have many enemies, there is no time to relax bra

  • Tim Mthimkhulu - 2013-07-27 16:51

    awulethu mshini wam mshini wam

  • Happiness Dlomo - 2013-07-27 17:03

    Vavi you really messed up my friend !Hopefully your wife will find in her heart to forgive you !You are a man like all men! Though you will never stop cheating your job is so challenging unless you accept Lord Jesus to be the lock of your zip! The woman is a prostitute,her husband is her boss of prostitution,what kind of a husband who does this with his wife? Stupid man you must be cold for your wife to do this!::::NB Vavi nalo mfazi womntu you are put in those offices to work not for romance go to a hotel next time zimali zethu ezkhokhela loma office! Nihlazekile anyway! Good luck!

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2013-07-27 17:04

    Shame, he did it because he was under stress and his life was in danger...

  • Tshepo Maluleka - 2013-07-27 17:16

    Sex scandals... is the downfall of key leaders...ur credibility is at stake...welcome 2 the cycle cadre vavi!indeed u a not a saint!

  • Hasani P - 2013-07-27 17:20

    But u did commit adultery

  • james.strawson.9 - 2013-07-27 17:20

    I hate unions of any sort, but I do believe this is a plot to discedit him.

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