Vavi scandal: the plot thickens

Newspapers are reporting Vavi now faces charges after admitting to an affair.

COSATU General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speaks at a seminar on xenophobia hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand's African centre for migration and society on Friday, 10 May 2013. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) at the weekend said it cannot confirm yet whether its General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will face disciplinary action.

Vavi recently admitted to having an affair with a junior employee, who is married, in January this year.

According to Sunday newspapers Cosatu leaders want to call a special meeting to discuss whether future action should be taken against Vavi.

The newspapers reported Vavi will face a hearing after admitting to the affair.

He has however since apologised saying he made a mistake.

On Monday last week the 26-year-old woman withdrew her sexual harassment grievances against him at a formal hearing into the matter in Johannesburg.

According to media reports the Cosatu head will face three charges; having a sexual encounter at Cosatu's headquarters with his junior, irregularly appointing the woman and bringing the organisation into disrepute.

Vavi believes the woman, who claims he raped her in her office, forms part of a political plot to oust him.

The woman initially claimed Vavi forced himself on her but the he maintains they had consensual sex.

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

A string of cellphone text messages between the two show the fall out after the sex act.

Cosatu's Vusumuzi Bhengu says Vavi's accuser spoke publicly last weekend and it's up to her to explain why she withdrew her complaint against 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.