Cosatu denies claims of inquiry

A number of witnesses including Cosatu's affiliates would be called to testify against Zwelinzima Vavi.

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speaks to the media after the 2012 Budget outside Parliament. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Sunday denied it will hold an inquiry to probe allegations of corruption against its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

The federation dismissed the claim reported in The Sunday Times that the hearing would start on Friday and a number of witnesses including Cosatu's affiliates would be called.

It was alleged auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo will investigate Vavi for alleged corruption in the purchase of Cosatu's new headquarters.

But Cosatu's Patrick Craven said the federation will not be holding such an inquiry.

"We totally condemn this attempt to use the media to create negative publicity about the worker's federation which is clearly coming from people who are enemies of Cosatu."