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More accusations levelled against Vavi

Cosatu is investigating why the federation paid for flights for Vavi’s wife and ex-wife.

Cosatu is now investigating why the federation paid for flights for Vavi's wife and ex-wife. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - It's being reported this morning that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is now investigating why flights for suspended General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's wife and ex-wife were paid for by the federation.

Vavi was suspended in August after admitting to having sex with a younger Cosatu employee who initially accused him of rape.

He was also accused of hiring the woman through improper procedures.

Vavi's suspension has created tensions that are threatening to split the trade union federation.

The_ Daily Maverick _website says it also believes the person who booked and paid for those flights was the woman who accused Vavi of rape and then later withdrew the claim.

The website says a second team of forensic auditors is now investigating payments in which it appears that Cosatu funds were used to pay for Vavi's private expenses.

It reports there are claims Cosatu money was used to fly him and his wife to the Cape Town Jazz Festival last year.

It's believed the woman employee is now working with the auditors.

Vavi's spokesperson says they are not going to respond to the claims individually and says he is the victim of a vicious smear campaign.