Vavi corruption claims ‘a smear campaign’

The suspended Cosatu general secretary’s spokesperson says officials within Cosatu are leaking lies.

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi's spokesperson on Friday said new claims of financial mismanagement are part of a smear campaign.

The Daily Maverick on Friday reported Cosatu paid for flights for Vavi's wife and ex-wife.

It also reported that the person who processed the payments was the worker he later admitted to having sex with.

That admission is what led to Vavi's suspension from the trade union federation.

Spokesperson John Dludlu says claims about payments are being leaked with malicious intent.

He also says Vavi is complying fully with demands from investigators.

Meanwhile, Vavi's supporters claim Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini is deliberately delaying a special congress to stop members having their say on whether he should be reinstated.

Dlamini on Thursday confirmed he would not arrange a special congress.