Cosatu to question Vavi over CEC meeting boycott

Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted that he wouldn’t attend this week’s meeting saying it was wrong to continue.

FILE: Tough questions about the stand off between rival factions within Cosatu. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) officials are expected to confirm this morning that they're going to ask General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to attend a special Central Executive Committee meeting to explain why he boycotted this week's gathering.

On Monday, Vavi tweeted that he wouldn't attend this week's meeting saying it was wrong to continue with it without seven unions which are demanding the reinstatement of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) which was expelled last year.

I will not join the COSATU CEC - I don't believe going ahead with half of the unions refusing to participate is the best way to unify

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.

This morning's meeting should see the first official confirmation that Cosatu CEC has decided to postpone taking strong action against Vavi.

It's understood they want to give him a chance to explain himself before instituting any action.

He is likely to face hostile audience if the meeting does go ahead, most of his allies boycotted this week's meeting and it doesn't appear they will go back anytime soon.

This means any such procedure investigating Vavi's conduct could in the end just be a formality.

He said the meeting wasn't supposed to have gone ahead and Cosatu leaders should be trying to speak to the seven unions.