South Africa – Vavi’s and Cosatu’s fate hangs in the balance

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As Cosatu meets to decide on Zwelinzima Vavi’s fate, the spotlight will fall on the union’s divisive policies and its alliance with the ANC and SACP.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Gallo)
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Gallo)

Ahead of a crucial meeting on Wednesday to decide on the fate of its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, the clarion call has come from leaders within the union federation riled by what is seen as an attempt to remove Vavi.

Vavi’s sexual relationship with a Cosatu employee and the manner in which the woman was employed will be debated at the meeting. Members are then expected to vote on whether Vavi should be removed, suspended or retained.

The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa), Cosatu’s biggest affiliate with 320 000 members, on Monday blamed the paralysis of the labour federation on its gradual support of capitalist ambitions, including what the ANC administration adopted during the 1994 socio-economic formation.

“It is now…

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