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No confirmation yet from Cosatu on Vavi's fate

Zwelinzima Vavi refused to attend the meeting that started on Monday, saying it shouldn’t go ahead.

FILE: Cosatu Secretary-General Cosatu Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - There's still no confirmation at this point this morning as to whether Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu)'s Central Executive Committee has decided to suspend or take other action against its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Vavi refused to attend the meeting that started on Monday, saying it shouldn't go ahead when eight unions are boycotting it.

The unions say they want Cosatu to reinstate the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) which was expelled last year.

Numsa was voted out of the trade union federation by 33 votes to 24 and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.

It's understood Tuesday's meeting was going to discussing what possible action should be taken against Vavi.

The unions in the meeting are likely to be frustrated by his refusal to attend and by his public pronouncements that it's wrong for the meeting to continue without these boycotting unions.

But if the CEC is seen as punishing Vavi, it could turn into a matter which will make it harder for them to have him removed permanently.

But with a third of affiliates and Vavi deliberately staying out of this meeting, questions have to be asked about whether they will ever return.