Extra Vavi charges?

Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini won’t elaborate on the new charges.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will be investigating additional charges presumed to be against suspended General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

In August, he was placed on special leave after admitting to an extra-marital affair with a subordinate.

But Vavi has addressed two public gatherings since his suspension, which the federation says is not allowed in terms of his "special leave".

Both meetings were held by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) - a union vocal in its support for the general secretary.

Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini would not elaborate on the new charges, saying the federation would not discuss charges against any employees with the media.

At the same time, Dlamini says he must first deal with a number of practicalities before deciding to go ahead with a special national congress.

Cosatu's Central Executive Committee (CEC) was expected to announce on Thursday what action it was planning to take with regard to Vavi's suspension.

According to Vavi's supporters, eight unions have formally backed him in calling for a special congress to discuss the matter.

A letter was sent to Dlamini demanding he call the congress to decide on Vavi's future.

Dlamini says he is the only one who can give the green-light for the meeting to take place.

He says issues around time constraints and budget must be ironed out first.

"That is why we are not able to tell you when a special congress is going to take place or whether, ultimately, it will take place. We must go through all these processes."

Vavi's supporters are confident he will return to his post if the meeting goes ahead.