JOHANNESBURG – The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Wednesday it would not comment on reports that its Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi is being investigated for alleged irregularities relating to the procurement of its Braamfontein headquarters in Johannesburg.
The federation will hold a press conference in which the issue will be addressed.
According to the Mail & Guardian newspaper, Vavi is going to be investigated for a number of allegations including financial impropriety relating to Cosatu’s new building in Braamfontein.
It quotes anonymous sources that revealed the probe is part of a plot by some in the African National Congress (ANC) to discredit him.
The report added Vavi’s criticism of the ruling party may have lead to the probe.
Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee met this week to discuss how its R50 million headquarters had been procured.
But the committee also looked into how Cosatu House in Johannesburg was sold.
Meanwhile, Vavi has denied his involvement in any financial wrongdoing.
It’s alleged he also collaborated with opposition parties, including the newly formed Agang headed by activist and academic Mamphela Ramphele and Cosatu's rival unions to destabilise the government and the ANC.
According to reports, Cosatu leaders at the Central Executive Committee meeting demanded tough action against Vavi.
Vavi responded to allegations by saying, “I will never use the powers that I have as the Secretary General of the federation to steal from members who struggle against corruption daily.”
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)