The special meeting on Wednesday of Cosatu’s central executive committee that suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was properly convened, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said yesterday.
He said an objection by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, a strong ally of Vavi, that the meeting had been called unconstitutionally had been minuted.
The meeting discussed the allegations by a staff member at Cosatu’s headquarters that Vavi had sex with her in her office.
In a bland statement, Dlamini said the meeting was convened by the national office bearers of Cosatu, was quorate and was attended by leaders of the federation’s affiliated unions and provincial structures.
Dlamini said: “After a lengthy discussion, the meeting agreed to conduct a full investigation into the allegations and to ask both the general secretary and the staff member to attend disciplinary hearings, chaired by an independent person, at which they would have every opportunity to present their cases and answer charges.”
Dlamini said the committee had insisted that everybody involved must be treated equally and the process would be conducted in a free and fair manner, in full compliance with the constitution of Cosatu. – Wiseman Khuzwayo