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Vavi breaks his silence

Zwelinzima Vavi has taken to Twitter to voice his opinion over his suspension.

FILE: Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi has broken his silence after his suspension on Wednesday.

He tweeted that some people are celebrating after his suspension and rubbing salt in his wounds.

But Vavi first apologised for his actions.

I committed an error & have profusely apologised to everyone hurt by my indiscretion. That was a right thing to do



In the second tweet, he speaks about the public's response:

I am relieved so many have accepted that apology and recognize that some remain unforgiving. Know others celebrating and rubbing salt



Vavi thanked people for their support and said he would say more on the issue later.

He has not taken calls for comment.

Vavi has been General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) for nearly 13 years.

He was caught up in a sex scandal with a junior employee who initially accused him of rape.

The trade union federation's Central Executive Committee met to decide whether action should be taken against Vavi.

He has also been accused of hiring the woman through improper procedures.

Meanwhile, Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini says he won't comment on the matter.

Cosatu is expected to officially confirm the suspension via a statement later today.

SPLIT COULD CAUSE MAJOR INSTABILITY

Vavi's allies will be furious at the decision which could create a split within Cosatu that might see some unions leave.

A split in Cosatu could lead to a major realignment in South African politics as it seems unlikely those unions would still support the ANC.

Already, leaders of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said they will ask their members to discuss leaving Cosatu at their December conference.

A rift could also lead to more instability in the country's industrial relations as it will cause unions to compete with each other more often.