vavi1Sunday Independent reports that Cosatu says it continues to be “haunted” by the sex scandal that involved its former general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi.  

In a confidential secretariat report to Cosatu’s central committee meeting starting on Monday, the union federation also accused Vavi of making “unilateral” staff appointments when he was still at the helm.  Vavi, Cosatu and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) are facing a lawsuit from former Cosatu staffer Jacqueline Phooko.  Vavi faced a sexual harassment complaint from Phooko, who later dropped it amid allegations by him that she wanted to extort money from him.  “The unilateral employment agreements entered into by the former general secretary (Vavi) continue to haunt the federation at least on two fronts,” the report indicates.  The first is said to be the outstanding litigation case by Phooko.  The second is said to be the agreements reached between Vavi some staff members “which compromised the consistent application of Cosatu’s human resource policies and has a potential of impacting negatively to the general staff discipline and moral.”  Vavi on Saturday laughed off the remarks, saying allegations against him were typical “last kicks of a dying horse”.


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