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Vavi welcomes ‘possible special congress’

Zwelinzima Vavi’s spokesperson John Dludlu says they are pleased with new developments.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has welcomed what appears to be the strongest indication yet that Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini is planning to hold a special congress.

The Mail & Guardian is reporting it has a copy of a letter written by Dlamini to affiliates in which he confirms that the planning for such a conference is underway.

Vavi's spokesperson John Dludlu said they were pleased with this development.

"We'd welcome a special congress because we think it's the most legitimate and democratic way to resolving this crisis."

Last month, nine affiliates wrote to Dlamini asking for the conference to go ahead, but Vavi supporters have suggested they didn't believe Dlamini would comply with that request because Vavi is seen as more popular than he is among ordinary Cosatu members.

COSATU WOES

Meanwhile, Cosatu and Vavi are yet to respond to accusations that the trade union federation's investment arm has plundered millions of rands from an employee provident fund.

The _Sunday Times _newspaper reported the development is likely to put more pressure on Vavi who is also a board member of Corruption Watch.

A secret Financial Services Board report stated Vavi was alerted to the problem involving Kopano ke Matla in 2010, but chose not to act.