Is Zvelimviva Vavi our modern day Lothario?

2013-08-15 17:15

Anyone familiar with Miguel De Cervantes's Don Quixote knows of this, otherwise scrupulous gentleman Lothario who was persuaded by another Anselmo to seduce his wife Camilla.

Lothario refuses but is eventually, albeit reluctant, is persuaded to seduce Camilla and succeeds leading to disastrous results for everyone. Read that book, for much that Cervantes wrote about way back when resonates even today in the quicksands of morality.

Fast forward to the present and to the past few weeks that were dominated by the revelation that the now suspended Cosatu Secretary General Zvelimviva Vavi, allegedly perpetrated sexual impropriety with a 26 year old (now married?) woman, allegedly in the Cosatu headquarters. I make no comment nor do I pass judgment on the matter, mindful of the murky world of politics and the subterranean machiavellianism that stalks public figures. Its like looking at the life of a fish or fishes in a bowl.

Until due process has run its course, even with Mr Vavi's public confession and apology, its inappropriate for anyone to point fingers or his condemnation mindful of the adage 'judge not lest ye be judged' and the phrase attributed to Prophet Jesus namely, 'he that is guiltless cast the first stone.'

So, what do you think. Is Vavi our modern day Lothario? Is he that unscrupulous gentleman who is was at first a reluctant but later a willing participant in sexual impropriety?

I don't know and I don't care for this much I know that, albeit he is no angel, Zvelimviva Vavi was a prickly thorn or a bulldozer (take your pick) to many who wanted him out of the way so badly that him being exposed was like manna from the gods or a boon worth milking.

I have not come to praise Vavi, nor am I auditioning to become a pallbearer and his funeral. Like Mark Anthony, Caesar's erstwhile best friend, I will make bold to say that alas, the evil that men do lives after them and the good is often interred with their bones.

This is my focus, the locus of my blog. Is there no redeeming qualities about the man that we can glowingly acknowledge in mitigation, to cushion the hammer blows that are raining down on this fallen Lotharian?

Of course, there is the case of Vavi's wife and family whose foundations of trust, I can imagine crumbled to dust. And yes, there's that 26 year old who cried 'rape' but who, only time will tell, withdrew her allegation of rape. If she was in the position of power and influence, as Lothario, err Vavi, was, she too would have paid the price.......or has she?

I suppose that when the impartial and independent DC convenes and distills facts from fantasy or fiction, we will be in a better position to comment but the world would have turned a few times by then and like, the forgotten ( and forgiven?) General Cele of SAPS, turned to other tricks in the circus of life to be sufficiently distracted as to relegate the good and the positive impact that Vavi has had, as imperfect and flawed as he is, for the ordinary worker.

Vavi is not dismissed. He is suspended in accordance with procedural fairness pending investigations and charges laid against him which he will be obliged to defend when the DC Tribunal convenes and is seized of the matter.

Oh and what happened to Anselmo? Having lost his wife who eloped with Lothario, he becomes grief stricken and dies before he can complete his story.............

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

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