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Dlamini: I'm not surprised by Vavi reaction

Vavi is consulting with lawyers & union leaders over his next step after he was ousted from Cosatu.

FILE: Sidumo Dlamini. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini says he's not surprised ousted Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi is claiming he was fired illegally and unfairly.

Vavi says he's consulting with lawyers and union leaders about what his next step will be after the trade union federation's Central Executive Committee (CEC) dismissed him on Monday.

He says his dismissal from Cosatu and three years of infighting at the trade union federation is about more than workers' struggles but also about protecting political privilege.

Vavi has lashed out at his critics and former colleagues, maintaining that his dismissal was unfair.

He says it forms part of a broader agenda to entrench patronage.

Dlamini says this kind of reaction is to be expected.

"Obviously there will be ill feelings from some, and that's what we are witnessing. You will be seeing him making the statements but Cosatu is working on its own unity."

VAVI: WE ARE DEALING WITH A POLITICAL CRISIS

Meanwhile, Vavi has exposed what he says is a political agenda behind his persecution yesterday, saying it was bigger than Cosatu.

"It's not just about Cosatu, this is about society and its institutions, it's organs of people's power being hollowed out and planted so that they can be reduced into the apologist of everything that is going wrong today."

The ousted Cosatu leader says besides a possible court challenge against his dismissal, his allies need to prepare a political response.

"The response can't just be running up and down in courts endlessly. The response has to be political because we are dealing with a political crisis."

Vavi is due to address members of unions loyal to him in coming weeks as he contemplates his next move.

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