No official discussions into Vavi rape saga

Zwelinzima Vavi’s future hangs in the balance ahead of a Cosatu committee meeting.

Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speaks at a news conference in Johannesburg on 24 August 2012 on the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine. Picture: Werner Beukes/Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Friday there were no official discussions yet on whether it would proceed with investigations into the conduct of its General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi after he was accused of rape by a woman who works for the trade union federation.

But the 26-year-old this week withdrew her grievance against Vavi at an internal hearing.

The trade union leader has since laid a charge of extortion, claiming the woman demanded R2 million to keep quiet about the alleged rape.

However, Vavi admitted to having an affair with the woman. He has since apologised saying he made a mistake.

Both Vavi and other Cosatu leaders have said very little about this issue over the last few days.

But Vavi supporters have strongly hinted that this was an attempt to try and oust him from his position.

It now appears his future may well be decided in the next meeting of Central Executive Committee where his enemies may be able to muster up enough votes to oust him.

Meanwhile, the ANC Women's League has expressed concerned after the woman withdrew the allegations.

The women's league believes the matter should have been handled by a court of law.