'Members who work with Vavi face dire consequences'

S'dumo Dlamini has warned that those helping sacked general secretary are violating Cosatu’s code of conduct.

Cosatu House. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s President S'dumo Dlamini has warned provincial secretaries and membership at large that those who allow Zwelinzima Vavi to address workers or are found to be working with him in the future, will face dire consequences for violating the federation's code of conduct.

Dlamini made the warning at the announcement of Vavi's dismissal, which was carried out through a vote at a special Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting last night.

Cosatu leadership at the trade union federation's CEC meeting at Cosatu House on Tuesday 31 March 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

He said the warning is not equivalent to banning workers from interacting with Vavi but is in response to what Cosatu expects him to do next.

Dlamini says the trade union federation's members should not attend meetings with the now former Cosatu general secretary or give him a public platform to speak.

"Provinces and regions and locals should not give platforms for him to speak to them on Cosatu matters, neither should they go to the platforms that are opened in his name."

He said the Cosatu constitution will dictate the penalties for anyone who disobeys that instruction.

"Affiliates themselves have constitutions which guide them on the conduct of members and leaders should debit people who are violating a decision of the federation."

Dlamini said the same code of conduct that Vavi was found to have contravened will be used if workers rebel against his instruction.