Samwu to decide on congress for Vavi

Samwu will today reveal whether it will be the fourth union to throw its support behind Vavi.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is expected to reveal today whether it will become the fourth union to call for a special Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) congress to decide on Zwelinzima Vavi's fate.

Vavi was suspended as Cosatu General Secretary earlier this month after admitting to having an affair with a junior employee.

He was also accused of hiring the woman through improper procedures.

According to Cosatu's constitution, a special congress can only be held if seven affiliates call for it.

Samwu is seen as a Vavi supporter and appears likely to back the call for a congress.

However, on Wednesday, it heard a report from Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini, who appears to be one of the people who want Vavi out.

Meanwhile, nursing union, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) says it has made a decision on the issue, but it will only communicate it to Cosatu through official channels.

If a special gathering is held, Vavi could win through ordinary votes from delegates, while Dlamini could lose his current post.

The South African Football Players Union, National Union of Metalworkers South Africa and Food and Allied Workers Union have already called for a special congress.