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Vavi says allegations dropped

Cosatu General Secretary says the allegation of rape against him has been dropped.

Cosatu General Secretary says the allegation of rape against has been dropped.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the allegation of rape made against him by a female colleague has been dropped.

In a tweet posted just after 2pm on Monday, Vavi said, "The complainant withdrew the 'grievance' after just 2hrs into the process. Thanks to so many who supported my family. Statement following".

The announcement was quickly followed by another tweet saying he was not going to do any interviews about the statement as he was tired and would be spending the afternoon with his family.

Vavi was not officially charged with rape but the 26-year-old woman who made the allegation said she was awaiting the outcome of the union's internal investigation into the claims.

Vavi alleged that the woman had tried to extort him out of R2 million in return for her silence.

He confirmed that he had had an extramarital affair with the woman but denied raping her.

POLITICAL AGENDA

Over the past few months, Vavi has claimed on a number of occasions he is the victim of a political campaign to discredit him.

He believes it's being driven by President Jacob Zuma's supporters following the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung late in 2012.

He views the rape allegations in the same light as several other death threats he has been receiving as political assaults and efforts to tarnish his contribution to the struggle.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has thrown its support behind Vavi.

Numsa Kwazulu-Natal secretary Mbuso Ngubane says he believes the allegations are part of a political plot to destroy the Cosatu leader.

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