Mixed reaction to Vavi rape accuser's withdrawal
JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have reacted with joy and some with disappointment as rape allegations against Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi came to a screetching halt.
On Monday afternoon, the union federation's general secretary announced the withdrawal by the accuser on Twitter and a statement was released shortly afterwards.
The complainant had accused Vavi of rape after demanding R2 million to not report the matter, which Vavi reacted to as an attempt to extort money out of him.
Coming to Vavi's defence, a commentator on Twitter called the rape accused a "cheap chancer'.
— Vuyokazi Ngwenya (@VuyokaziNgwenya) July 29, 2013
Making a comparison to President Jacob Zuma's comment of showering after having unprotected sex with his former rape accused, an observer asked if Vavi had also showered after having unprotected sex with the 26-year-old woman.
Another commentator addressed the plight of women in justice against rape.
Some women are not doing any justice to fight against rape in South Africa.#Vavi
— African (@ali_naka) July 29, 2013
Another commentator spoke to his role as a leader in the workplace, accusing him of going beyond his boundaries as a leader.
Make no mistake though: #Vavi might be in the clear for now bit he still abused his position for some nookie. Unacceptable move as a leader.
— Nickolaus Bauer (@NICKolausBAUER) July 29, 2013
After stating he would not be conducting interviews after the news of his innocence, Vavi is reported to be deliberating charges of extortion and defamation with his lawyers.
Cosatu said the secretary and mother of two had not resigned and was still an employee at the union federation.