Vavi ‘quite confident’ of court victory

The suspended Cosatu general secretary will fight his suspension in court this morning.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will today begin the final stretch of his court battle to have the suspension lifted.

Vavi was placed on 'special leave' eight months ago after admitting to having sex with a junior employee in the federation's headquarters.

He has since received a list of nine charges from Cosatu's bosses.

But he says he is confident the suspension will be overturned.

He says the central executive committee's decision was not made in accordance with its policies and he will now try to prove this.

"The decision taken was clearly not in line with the provisions of the [federation's] constitution," he argues. "There was no voting in my case."

Vavi has been given vocal support from the Cosatu-affiliated National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu).

His suspension has shaken Cosatu to its core and has caused the biggest division in the federation's history.

Despite this, Vavi saiys he expects a positive outcome.

"We're quite confident that we have a solid, watertight case and the court will vindicate our view that the suspension was illegal."

He says he feels revitalised and ready to square off with the Cosatu leadership.

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

The matter has been set down for two days and will start at 10am today.