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Vavi hits out at 'unethical' auditing firm

The suspended Cosatu leader claims he was not given the opportunity to respond.

Zwelenzima Vavi says the auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo reneged on their commitment to allow Vavi time to respond before releasing their report. Picture: Sapa..

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has lashed out at auditing firm Sizwe Nstaluba Gobodo.

He claims the firm presented its findings of an investigation on him to Cosatu's senior leadership without allowing him to respond.

The final report into the sale of Cosatu House was presented to the trade union federation this week.

The audit found several irregularities, including an alleged conflict of interest on the part of the suspended general secretary.

Vavi says he is surprised by the release of the document, which describes him as "unprofessional".

He claims the firm reneged on an agreement to allow him to respond before releasing the document.

"They have made a specific commitment that we will be offered an opportunity to respond."

Vavi says he is now consulting with his legal team.

"We are looking at whether the South African Institute of Auditors will want to hear us when we say this firm has broken every ethical and professional standard."

The troubled unionist is also reportedly planning to sue Cosatu for releasing parts of the report to the public.

Vavi says no final decision has been taken yet.

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