Sex scandal not over for Vavi

The Cosatu general secretary will reportedly face three charges.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it will not be drawn on whether action will be taken against General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Vavi is reportedly due to face a disciplinary hearing today.

He will reportedly face three charges, which include having a sexual encounter at Cosatu's headquarters with his junior, irregularly appointing the woman and bringing the organisation into disrepute.

Two weeks ago, a 26-year-old employee levelled allegations of rape against Vavi, but later withdrew the charge at a formal hearing into the matter in Johannesburg last week.

She initially claimed Vavi, who is married, forced himself on her in January. However, the general secretary maintains they had consensual sex.

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

Vavi believes the woman forms part of a political plot to oust him.

He has opened an extortion case against his accuser and her husband, claiming they tried to blackmail him into giving them R2 million to bury the matter.

SEVERE DAMAGE

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini said the organisation would only make a decision once the internal investigation into the incident was concluded.

Dlamini said office bearers would decide today whether there should be a special central committee meeting.

"History will tell you the organisation has decided on matters like this before. Our reputation has been severely harmed and we will have to see how we get out of the situation."

The organisation took disciplinary action against former Cosatu president Willie Madisha who was fired from his position in 2008 after a large cash donation disappeared.

Meanwhile, on Sunday night, Vavi told_ Carte Blanche_ he would deny that he raped, sexually abused or harassed the junior employee when he faces a disciplinary hearing.

Vavi said he would also deny hiring his accuser without following proper procedures, as well as bringing the organisation into disrepute.