Cosatu: Vavi violated code of conduct

Cosatu says Zwelinzima Vavi was suspended because he violated the code of conduct and lied in public.

FILE: Zwelinzima Vavi with NUMSA leadership at its special congress on 18 December 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s national leaders say general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was only suspended because he violated the federation's code of conduct.

The trade union federation claims Vavi lied in public and broke the terms of his suspension by publicly attacking it.

The suspended Cosatu head has given several interviews over the last few months in which he's claimed the trade union federation's leaders are delaying the case against him and are failing workers.

Now, Cosatu's acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali is hitting back.

"Having regard to the gravity of the charges subject to the finding of the chairperson, Cosatu reiterates its notice to you that it will move for your summary dismissal should you be found guilty."

Leaders also say they won't let the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) destroy the federation from within.