Suspended Vavi clears office

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi has spent the day clearing his office.

The federation's Central Executive Committee has placed him on special leave.

After the CEC stripped him of all his duties, he faces charges of misconduct.

Vavi has admitted to having an affair with a junior staff member, who has also been suspended.

The federation has also rejected claims the procedure was unconstitutional.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said, "Did the meeting discuss the complaint of other affiliates whether this was convened properly or not? The answer is yes, and the meeting indeed agreed that it was properly constituted."

Dlamini has denied claims of a political conspiracy, saying, "This one cannot be. It just cannot be. And everybody keeps repeating that lie saying the claims of a political conspiracy detract from the severity of the alleged sexual misconduct."

Cosatu deputy president Zingiswa Losi said: "Once you begin to do that, you trample on the rights of that alleged victim. You take away her dignity, you strip her naked and you put political issues on processes that you are not even sure of yourself."

Cosatu is adamant Vavi's suspension will not affect its campaigns, including those against Gauteng's e-tolls and labour brokers.

It has also rejected claims the federation could split. 

- eNCA

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