Vavi suspension verdict due today

The suspended Cosatu leader will today find out if the high court will nullify his suspension.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The suspended General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) Zwelinzima Vavi will today find out if the high court will nullify his eight-month suspension.

Vavi is challenging his suspension by Cosatu leaders in the High Court in Johannesburg.

His legal team yesterday argued that because a vote on his suspension wasn't taken, it cannot be considered legitimate.

Vavi told his supporters outside court that the Cosatu leaders were willing to do anything keep him out of the federation.

"We are trying to defend something that is just not defendable. It is based on lies, it's based on manufacturing of new stories that do not exist."

Meanwhile, Cosatu has said there are no claims that Vavi's suspension was part of a political ploy.

Vavi is challenging the trade union federation's Central Executive Committee decision to suspend him in August for having an affair with a younger employee.

He claims Cosatu's constitution was not adhered to when the decision was taken.

But Cosatu leaders claim there was no basis for the allegations, saying Vavi tried to isolate the collective following their decision.

Cosatu lawyers characterised the meeting in which Vavi was suspended as long and difficult, with input from the most senior trade union leaders in the country.