Ngwako Modjadji
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5 Mar 2015
12:55 pm

Cosatu lashes out at Vavi

Ngwako Modjadji

Trade union federation Cosatu has lashed out at its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, accusing him of conducting himself in a manner that sought to define himself above the trade federation.

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Leon Sadiki)

This comes after Vavi snubbed Cosatu’s central executive committee (CEC) in a three-day meeting which ended on Wednesday.

Addressing the media on the outcomes of the CEC meeting, Cosatu deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said Vavi had not attended three meetings at which he was expected to play his leadership role.

“It is the general secretary who had written a notice convening the CEC as part of his duties to do so,” Ntshalintshali said.

“It was therefore difficult for the CEC to understand why this same person would announce in the social media that he would not attend the CEC which is his duty to prepare for, attend and participate.”

He said the CEC agreed Vavi must be afforded a chance in a special CEC which will be convened soon to have him come and explain his conduct.

The CEC meeting received a report from Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo auditors.

The auditors were commissioned by the CEC to conduct a forensic investigation into alleged impropriety in the sale of Cosatu’s head office building.

The auditors were also requested to look into the alleged involvement of Vavi’s step-daughter in VNS, one of the service providers to Cosatu.

Ntshalintshali said the CEC discussed applications for affiliation from the SA Emergency Personnel’s Union and the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA.

“The meeting was satisfied that the union’s application met all the constitution requirements in line with clause 2.1 of the Cosatu constitution,” he said.

“It was however agreed to allow two unions to seek mandates from their structures on whether to accept or reject the application”.

A final decision is expected to be taken at the special CEC meeting which will be convened soon.

Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini has denied that the trade federation was facing financial crunch.