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Matjila implicated in Cosatu building scandal

A report by auditing firm, Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, has implicated acting Eskom CEO Collin Matjila.

Cosatu's Johannesburg headquarters. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is likely to face the music over the sale of Cosatu's old building and the purchase of a new one, but a new report shows he's not the only one to blame.

According to the Star newspaper, who quoted a report from auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, Acting Eskom Chief Executive Officer Collin Matjila was the head of the federation's investment arm, Kopano Ke Matla, at the time of the sale and was supposed to oversee the entire process.

The report says while Vavi has not been found to have directly benefitted financially, he will still be held responsible because his mandate was to supervise Matjila and oversee the federation's financial affairs.

ANC TRIES TO SAVE COSATU

Cosatu's Central Executive Committee meeting goes into its third day this morning with no confirmation on whether Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte are making progress.

The pair is trying to resolve tensions within the federation amid claims Cosatu is preparing to expel or suspend its largest affiliate the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

The ANC established a task team to sort out divisions within Cosatu shortly before the 7 May elections.

There's no official comment on what's being discussed in this meeting but it is known Ramaphosa and Duarte staged their intervention just as it appeared Cosatu was about to expel Numsa for good.

Cosatu claims Numsa is trying to damage the ANC after it withdrew its support for the party while Numsa has said it doesn't believe the ANC is helping workers.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim has strongly criticised President Jacob Zuma, claiming he is a hypocrite.

At the same time, the metalworkers union said earlier this month that it is considering forming a new independent labour federation as a last resort.

Numsa said there is growing concern over a 'dysfunctional alliance' among its members.

The union has also called for the resignation of Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini, saying he has brought the federation into disrepute.