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Vavi to contest charges by Cosatu

Zwelinzima Vavi says the Central Executive Committee failed to hold a vote as required by its constitution.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has vowed to challenge all the charges against him by the federation in court on Thursday.

Vavi, supported by the National Union of Mineworkers South Africa (Numsa) and the Food and Allied Workers Union, claims Cosatu's constitution was not adhered to when the decision was taken to suspend him.

The firebrand leader was temporarily removed from his position after admitting to an extramarital affair with a junior employee.

Vavi said the Central Executive Committee failed to hold a vote as required by its constitution.

"The constitution provides that when you have a divided meeting with two motions you have to place the issue for voting, of which there was none in my case."

Meanwhile, last week Vavi said his new website would give him the chance to tell his side of the story following weeks of what he describes as a "malicious misinformation campaign" against him.

The site named Viva Vavi was launched on Friday to provide him with a platform to communicate to his supporters.

The trade union federation maintains that Vavi was suspended because he violated the federation's code of conduct.