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Vavi lashes out at detractors

Zwelenzima Vavi says Cosatu and its affiliates must not get caught up in political battles.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi holds a news conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, 31 May 2012 following the union federation's central executive committee meeting.Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - General Secretary for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday the federation and its affiliates must not be caught up in political battles which detract from the plight of the country's workers.

Vavi was speaking at the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s bargaining conference in Pretoria this week.

He used the opportunity to hit out at some union leaders he said were waging a smear campaign against him in an effort to destroy the organisation.

He said the fight for worker's rights will be undermined if the union allows itself to be distracted by infighting.

"There will be no implementation of the Freedom Charter and there will be no second phase of radical economic transformation."

Vavi challenged his detractors to supply the evidence of his alleged corruption.

"The day you can prove that I betrayed the worker's trust by stealing from them is the day I don't deserve to be in the position I am occupying."

He said these conspirators will be dealt with.