Vavi to challenge suspension

The suspended secretary general is now asking the court to be admitted in the Numsa challenge.

FILE: Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speaks at a news conference in Johannesburg on Friday, 24 August 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Friday confirmed he will challenge the decision taken at a central executive committee meeting to suspend him.

He was removed from his post in August after admitting to having sex with a younger Cosatu worker.

Vavi is now asking the court to join the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s case against Cosatu challenging the decision.

He says he was left with no other option.

Cosatu's founding general secretary Jay Naidoo says he doesn't believe the different parts of the organisation will be able to come together again.

"There's no way you can solve this issue within Cosatu," he said. "It cannot be swept under the carpet any longer."

Naidoo made the comments before Vavi announced his decision.