JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and his accuser have been placed on special leave, the trade union federation said on Thursday.
"After lengthy discussion, the meeting agreed to conduct a full investigation into the allegations and to ask both the Secretary General and the staff member to attend disciplinary hearings," Cosatu said in a statement.
In the meantime Vavi and the staff member have been placed on special leave "in the light of the nature and seriousness of the allegations".
Vavi's leave is expected to take four weeks while he is being investigated by an independent person.
He has been relieved of all official duties during his term of special leave. The deputy general secretary, will take on Vavi's duties for now.
Cosatu held a special Central Executive Committe meeting on Wednesday where it was decided that "everybody involved must be treated equally and the process will be conducted in a free and fair manner".
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