Vavi, rape accuser showdown looms

Zwelinzima Vavi and his rape accuser will face off on Monday at an internal Cosatu hearing. Despite the controversy, Vavi’s wife Noluthando says the couple won’t split. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi and his rape accuser will face off on Monday at an internal hearing.

A showdown looms as the 26-year-old mother of two says she believes that the inquiry will get to the truth.

Vavi's accuser has not laid a rape charge against him, though she now faces a criminal investigation herslef, for allegedly trying to extort R2-million from the Cosatu leader.

She claims it was Vavi's wife who, after being made aware of the incident, allegedly suggested the rape accuser was entitled to a payoff. 

Noluthando Vavi has categorically denied this, and despite the controversy, says it won't break their marriage.

“It’s sad and it’s unfortunate … But I have forgiven him because he came up very openly to me and he answered all the questions I asked him.

"And he also said he is sorry – he will never do this thing again,” she reported to the press.

Vavi's accuser, however, doesn't believe this is the case, suggesting she was not the only female with whom Vavi acted inappropriately.

 

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