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Johannesburg - It has been rubbished as the product of “rogue elements” to divide unions and smear prominent individuals, but the so-called Intelligence Report has become the main subject in the turf war paralysing Cosatu.
On Monday, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) joined calls for the government to investigate whether the report was part of the state institutions allegedly used to divide Cosatu.
“We call on government, especially the minister of intelligence (Siyabonga Cwele), to institute an investigation on the ‘Intelligence Report’… to get to the bottom of this,” said Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola on Monday.
Speaking during a media briefing in Joburg, Masemola said Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the office of the inspector-general should also conduct a probe of their own into the controversial report.
Disgraced Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi had last week upped the ante in the growing factional warfare plaguing the labour federation when he released the Intelligence Report, which he claimed was proof that his suspension was politically motivated.
Vavi is mentioned in the report along with former national director of public prosecutions Vusi Pikoli, former ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, among others.
Vavi claimed the “dossier” was evidence that state resources were being used to fight political party or factional battles. He accused his rival in Cosatu, S’dumo Dlamini, of having circulated the highly questionable document before last week’s crucial central executive committee meeting. This, Vavi alleged, was to influence the outcome of deliberations over his sexual misconduct.
On Monday, Masemola echoed Vavi’s statements and blamed the report for “the organisational, political and ideological” differences besetting Cosatu since its national congress last year.