South Africa: COSATU fires Vavi – again!

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Allegedly the main reason for Vavi’s expulsion was his “failure to fulfil his duties as secretary”.

Zwelinzima Vavi. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)

Cosatu’s central executive committee (CEC) has fired Zwelinzima Vavi as the trade union federation’s general secretary.

Three sources who attended the meeting said 31 members of Cosatu’s CEC voted in favour of Vavi’s dismissal and only one person voted against it.

One source at the meeting indicated that the main reason for Vavi’s expulsion was his “failure to fulfill his duties as secretary”. The meeting was not attended by representatives from seven Cosatu affiliates that are aligned to Vavi.

On Sunday Vavi announced that he would not be attending the meeting and did not care if he was dismissed or not. “If my refusal to attend is used as a pretext to fire me, then so be it,” he said.

Vavi and Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini were…

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