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Cosatu won’t collapse - Vavi

The Cosatu general secretary assured workers that Cosatu was not divided.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is seen at the trade union federation's 11th national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg, Wednesday, 19 September 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Thursday said South Africa's number one enemy is unemployment and called on unions to unite to ensure workers have decent jobs.

He was speaking at the South African State and Allied Workers Union's National Congress in Boksburg on Gauteng's East Rand.

Vavi made the comments just a day after surviving an apparent plot to oust him at Cosatu's Central Executive Committee meeting.

He said despite speculation that the federation was about to collapse, the union was stronger than ever.

"We want to work for unity because we know a Cosatu weakened by divisions will never lead the rest of the trade unions in South Africa towards ensuring that the second phase of this radical economic transformation is something that we can get in our lifetime."

Vavi called on workers to unite and for unions to work together to fight for the rights of members.

Earlier in 2013, Vavi was accused of selling the old Cosatu House building in Braamfontein for R10 million less than its market value.

He was also accused of awarding a contract to a company that allegedly employed his daughter.

Vavi denies any wrongdoing and called on people to come forward with proof.