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Cosatu hands Vavi his charge sheet

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The suspended Cosatu general secretary has received a charge sheet from the trade union federation, five months after being put on special leave.

Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Gallo)

Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi received a charge sheet from the trade union federation on Tuesday, five months after being put on special leave.

"Finally, after five months since his illegal suspension, Mr Vavi has received a charge sheet from Cosatu with all manner of allegations against him," his spokesperson John Dludlu said.

"We are in consultation with both our lawyers and allies within and outside the federation on the way forward." Dludlu would not comment further on the matter.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said he could not comment on internal matters.

Vavi was put on special leave in August pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing relating to his affair with a junior employee.

Affair
In July, the employee accused him of rape, while he said they had an affair. The woman subsequently withdrew a sexual harassment complaint against him. There were also allegations of corruption against Vavi, involving the sale of the trade union federation's headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. 

Following Vavi's suspension the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), an ally of his, lodged an application in the high court in Johannesburg challenging his suspension.

Vavi then lodged papers to be added as an applicant in Numsa's challenge.

In these, he asked the court to grant him an interim order interdicting and restraining Cosatu from enforcing any decision taken at its central executive committee meeting in August. He wanted final relief to review and set aside the decision to suspend him and institute disciplinary proceedings.

In November, Cosatu said Vavi's disciplinary investigation was almost finished. Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said a number of issues were being investigated. These included employment, Cosatu's recruitment policy, the name of the employee being given to the media, and power relations in Cosatu's office.

"The investigation uncovered other things which need further investigation. It cannot be an overnight thing," Dlamini said at the time.

"It is not the fault of Cosatu. It is not the fault of investigators that there is a delay." He said the investigators needed those involved to co-operate. – Sapa

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