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Vavi: Audit report shows bias

On Tuesday Cosatu made public an audit report on Zwelinzima Vavi.

Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speaks at a news conference in Johannesburg on Friday, 24 August 2012 on the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine. Picture: Werner Beukes/Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says he hasn't been given a chance to comment on the findings made against him by an auditing firm.

Yesterday, the trade union federation made public a report by auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo that made damning findings against Vavi.

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said the report found there was misuse of Cosatu money during the sale of its old headquarters and the purchase of its new one.

Vavi says he isn't going to comment on the claims made in the auditor's report.

But he says on the face of it, the fact that he wasn't able to respond to the claims made against him appears to shows bias and unprofessional conduct.

He also says he hopes the forensic firm wasn't strong-armed into this course of action by his enemies.

He says he is consulting his lawyers about this and reserving his rights.

Vavi was suspended from Cosatu in August 2013 after he admitted to having sex with a junior employee who had initially accused him of rape.

He has since apologised for his actions but maintains he did not break any Cosatu rules.

Since then, several Cosatu unions have spoken out against its leadership, with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa threatening to withdraw its affiliation fee.

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