Warm welcome for Vavi at Cosatu House

Vavi is back at work after being suspended from the federation for the last eight months.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Reinstated Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has received a warm welcome back at work today from his supporters but could find himself back on suspension later this week.

On Friday the High Court in Johannesburg found that Vavi's suspension was unlawful and invalid.

Today is his first day back at Cosatu House since he was suspended eight months ago for having an affair with a junior employee.

Vavi was greeted by scores of supporters upon his return to Cosatu House, who chanted and sang, "Viva Vavi, viva!"

The reinstated general secretary, wearing a black suit and red shirt, told the crowd he was excited to be back at work after the longest period of leave he has ever taken.

He said his first order of business would be to bring back unity to the federation.

Vavi will also have to contend with personal matters today.

His daughter was seriously injured in a taxi accident in the Eastern Cape at the weekend.

He said he was unsure if he should go home and be with her or if he should stay and attend Tuesday's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting, which could see him being placed back on suspension.