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Cosatu members prepare to slam the door on Vavi

Zwelinzima Vavi was dismissed earlier this year for what national office bearers say is 'gross misconduct'.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has appealed to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) congress not to confirm Zwelinzima Vavi's dismissal without first discussing the underlying reasons for the decision.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (Numsa) expulsion was endorsed as final at the Midrand congress a short while ago.

Vavi was dismissed earlier this year for what national office bearers say is gross misconduct.

One after the other, unions loyal to Sdumo Dlamini's faction rose to support the decision to dismiss Vavi.

The National Union for Mineworkers's Piet Matosa says the decision is correct, as the former general secretary refused to attend a disciplinary hearing.

"If a worker has been invited to hearing, and does not attend he can be expelled in absentia."

Fawu's Katishi Masemola then put forward a motion that the matter first be discussed.

"We believe that confirmation of the dismissal, without discussing the underlying causes that led to the situation, will not do justice.

The decision was once again put to a vote with overwhelming support for Vavi's dismissal to be made final.

Earlier this week he indicated that he does not intend pursuing a return to Cosatu.

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