Vavi probe about politics not corruption

Calls for Cosatu’s Vavi to be investigated have very little to do with corruption says political analyst.

Calls for Cosatu’s Vavi to be investigated have very little to do with corruption says political analyst. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi is adamant corruption allegations against him were designed to achieve political ends.

He said the allegations form part of a 'character assassination campaign'.

Vavi stands accused of financial impropriety relating to the sale of Cosatu's headquarters as well as acquiring the services of a technology company his stepdaughter works for.

He has denied these claims and vowed to resign, should he be found guilty.

Political analyst Steven Friedman said Cosatu's call for Vavi to be investigated appears to have very little to do with corruption.

"Accompanied with these claims against him are also claims, apparently, that he is disloyal to the African National Congress (ANC). As soon as that starts surfacing you're looking at an attempt to deal with the political component rather than to deal with corruption."

Vavi has also been slammed for saying renovations to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home should be probed.