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Vavi's wife defends him

Zwelinzima Vavi's wife says he deserves another chance while Cosatu affiliates push for resolution.

Zwelinzima Vavi.

JOHANNESBURG - Zwelinzima Vavi's wife Noluthando says she continues to love, support and respect her husband.

Vavi was placed on special leave last month after admitting to having an extramarital affair with a younger colleague.

Several Cosatu affiliates are now pushing for a special resolution to have the General Secretary reinstated.

In a statement, Noluthando says her husband deserves another chance because he still has so much to offer South Africa.

She said, "He needs space to prepare for his disciplinary battle."

Noluthando would not be drawn into the merits of the disciplinary case itself, but said it was being challenged through the appropriate channels.

She says the scandal has been emotionally taxing on the family, but she believes most South Africans have accepted Vavi's apology.

Vavi's accuser has withdrawn the case against him, but he has now been accused of bringing Cosatu into disrepute.