Trade union federation Cosatu was ready to hear the appeal of its expelled former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi at its national congress today in Midrand.
This was the assurance given by the Congress of SA Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) president, Sdumo Dlamini, yesterday.
Dlamini told The Citizen Vavi wrote a letter to Cosatu after his expulsion, indicating his intention to appeal.
“Cosatu’s constitution provided him a right to appeal,” said Dlamini.
But on November 19, Vavi announced he was not going to appeal his expulsion at the congress yesterday.
He claimed this was because Cosatu’s Special National Congress, held in July, had decided his
fate without affording him an opportunity to be represented.
Dlamini dismissed Vavi’s claim as a lie, saying Cosatu was not surprised when he announced he would not appeal his expulsion.
Dlamini is expected to seek re-election at the congress but declined answer questions related to him getting the thumbs-up to lead Cosatu for another term.
Cosatu’s second deputy president, Zingiswa Losi, is pipped to be elected its first female general secretary.