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Vavi’s decision to boycott Cosatu CEC ‘deliberate’

The Cosatu general secretary claims the trade union federation's CEC is only designed to help one faction.

Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi during a press conference about his future in the trade union federation 29 March, 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says his decision to boycott today's Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting is a deliberate act of defiance that could be used to fire him.

Vavi announced on Sunday that he will no longer attend Cosatu meetings, claiming that they're designed only to help one faction.

He's been under intense pressure within the trade union federation since a majority of its CEC members voted to expel the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Vavi wants everyone to know this is a deliberate decision.

"This is deliberately an act of defiance on my part, even if it ends just as symbolic."

He also knows what the consequences may be.

"If my refusal to attend the special CEC is used as a pretext to fire me, so be it."

Vavi seems to be almost daring his opponents to sack him, which could allow him to then claim that he is a political victim.

WATCH: Vavi's last stand?

He however says he's not resigning from his position because he's not going to make it easy for those who want to hijack the federation, adding that he simply cannot continue to be a part of endless internal wrangling in boardrooms and has come to a simple conclusion.

"Time for a new approach has arrived. Workers will not stand by while the leaders fight it out in the endless boardroom battles."

He says he also won't handover Cosatu to people on a platter.

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