'Cosatu meeting won't discuss Vavi'

Cosatu says claims that Vavi's future will be discussed at a meeting this week are misleading.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says while it will hold a special central executive committee meeting this week, it will not focus on General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's future. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says while it will hold a special Central Executive Committee meeting this week, it will not focus on General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's future.

Cosatu has been in the spotlight since Vavi admitted to having an affair with a married junior employee in January.

The same employee also accused him of rape.

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini says reports that the union will be deciding on Vavi's future in the meeting are misleading.

"We need to be allowed some space internally to deal with the issues. Unfortunately, no one wants to give us the space to do that. But we are having our meeting of special safety on Wednesday."

Vavi is reportedly facing 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.

The 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 month.

She initially claimed Vavi, who is married, forced himself onto her in January. However, the General Secretary maintains they had consensual sex.

A string of cellphone text messages between the two shows the fallout after they had sex.

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