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Cosatu calls special meeting over Vavi

This meeting could well be a stand-off between Vavi's enemies and his supporters.

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that top Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leaders have decided to call a special Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting to decide whether Zwelinzima Vavi must face a disciplinary hearing.

The Cosatu general secretary admitted to having what he says was consensual sex with a more junior worker at Cosatu House.

He's claimed his enemies are trying to oust him from Cosatu.

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

There's no official confirmation of what people close to Monday's Cosatu national office bearers meeting have told Eyewitness News.

However, it now seems that Vavi will have to face a full CEC meeting that will decide whether he'll have to go through a disciplinary hearing.

This meeting could well be a stand-off between Vavi's enemies and his supporters.

Metalworkers Union Numsa's leader Irvin Jim has already claimed any proposal to discipline Vavi would simply be a political tactic 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.

Before a hearing into the matter was held last week, the woman's family indicated it would lay a charge once Cosatu's internal process had been completed.

She subsequently withdrew her internal charge.

Vavi has opened an extortion case against his accuser and her husband, claiming they tried to blackmail him into paying R2 million in exchange for dropping the matter.