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Vavi support grows

A number of unions are now calling for a congress to clear the Cosatu general secretary’s name.

Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is seen at a news conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 29 May 2013. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Zwelinzima Vavi could get his job back as General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) if a special congress eventually goes ahead in the coming weeks.

Vavi's extra marital affair with a junior Cosatu employee saw both being put on special leave and placed under investigation for misconduct.

But there's been a major backlash with some unions who still believe he is being pushed out.

The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has now thrown its full weight behind a congress taking place, along with the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Samwu was outspoken on Vavi disciplinary charges being dropped at a press conference in Boksburg earlier on Thursday.

The union's General Secretary Walter Theledi said the special congress must take place as the aftermath of the scandal is stopping Cosatu from doing it's real work.

Theledi says Cosatu needs to be united and not at war with itself, especially ahead of the tripartite alliance's summit this weekend.

Theledi insisted there is a plot to oust Vavi from his position.

But he says more important issues like the National Development Plan need to be thrashed out.