Pres­sure on Cosatu to deal with Vavi

Sunday World - - News - MZWANDILE kaBI­ZOK­WAKHE

THE frac­tured hi­er­ar­chy of labour fed­er­a­tion Cosatu is un­der pres­sure to do some­thing about its gen­eral sec­re­tary, Zwelinz­ima Vavi, who has been pub­licly cen­sured by Cor­rup­tion Watch.

Vavi is a mem­ber of the Cor­rup­tion Watch board.

Two weeks ago he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing had sex with a ju­nior staff mem­ber at Cosatu. The woman claimed it was rape and filed a com­plaint with the fed­er­a­tion, but later with­drew it.

A Cor­rup­tion Watch in­sider who spoke to Sun­day World on con­di­tion of anonymity said that be­cause of what the or­gan­i­sa­tion stood for, it could not ig­nore what Vavi had ad­mit­ted to.

Cor­rup­tion Watch re­leased a care­fully worded state­ment on Fri­day: “On the ba­sis of the facts ad­mit­ted by Mr Vavi and known to the board at this stage, the board de­cided to is­sue a pub­lic no­tice of cen­sure of Mr Vavi in re­spect of the im­proper re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mr Vavi and the woman.

“In de­cid­ing to do so, the board took into ac­count the fact that any sex­ual re­la­tion­ship be­tween a se­nior staff mem­ber in an or­gan­i­sa­tion and a ju­nior mem­ber is al­most in­evitably in­fected by the re­la­tion­ship of power that ex­ists be­tween them, and that, ac­cord­ingly, se­nior staff mem­bers have a spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to seek to avoid such re­la­tion­ships.

“The board was guided by what it con­sid­ered to be in the best in­ter­ests of Cor­rup­tion Watch and the in­for­ma­tion it had be­fore it and that is cur­rently in the pub­lic do­main.

“Be­fore is­su­ing this note of cen­sure, Mr Vavi was in­formed of the board’s de­ci­sion to do so and he in­di­cated that he has ac­cepted the de­ci­sion of the board.”

The in­sider said Cor­rup­tion Watch was be­ing care­ful not to be drawn into the po­lit­i­cal storm be­tween pro- and anti-Vavi Cosatu mem­ber unions, which have been en­gaged in a war of words since the sex scan­dal broke.

A Cosatu in­sider told Sun­day World that pres­sure was mount­ing on the fed­er­a­tion to do some­thing about its gen­eral sec­re­tary, but crit­i­cised Cor­rup­tion Watch: “I can’t say [that this] cen­sure is gen­uine. If one ac­cepts that the sex was con­sen­sual, one should rep­ri­mand both; if not, then one ought to side with a vic­tim.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.