Vavi: Shaken, not stirred
Zwelinzima Vavi’s political career could be sunk by the rape and extortion scandal that rocked headlines around the country this weekend. The 50-year-old unionist has been fighting to keep his job over the past few months as his rivals within the union federation have pushed for an investigation into his role in the sale and purchase of buildings for labour federation Cosatu, as well as a probe into whether he is still ideologically suitable to lead.
This is not the first time the married father of six – from both his current and previous marriages – has been accused of sexual misconduct. In 2006, then Cosatu president Willie Madisha compiled a dossier in which he accused Vavi of sexually harassing a married female Cosatu employee.
Around the same time, Vavi was also accused of using the federation’s credit card to bankroll an extra-marital affair, using it to splurge on his and his mistress’ foreign trips without the federation’s knowledge. His mistress, Noluthando, later became his wife.
City Press reported on how her distraught former husband Bheki Ngema tried in vain to get Madisha to institute disciplinary proceedings against Vavi, and to force Vavi to fork out R700 000 “as compensation so my children would not suffer much”. Then, Cosatu stood by its general secretary.
A Cosatu source sympathetic to Vavi says the timing of this week’s allegations against the former mine worker is suspicious, surfacing months after the alleged rape took place. “I think the woman is being used (by the anti-Vavi leaders).... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at City Press