Friday, August 16, 2013

Vavi slams Cosatu's Executive Committee

Remembering a massacre at a South African mine

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South Africa remembers tje Marikana massacre

Year After South African Mine Shooting, Residents See No Change
Published on Aug 16, 2013
In South Africa, August 16, 2012, will be remembered as the date of one of the country's most violent police confrontations since the apartheid era. Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana. The miners were striking to demand a significant pay raise and improved conditions. Officials say that since then, progress has been made: a commission is investigating the incident and the miners have been granted some raises. But, as VOA's Anita Powell learned when she visited the tense community a year later, residents believe things have changed for the worse, not better.

Vavi slams Cosatu's Executive Committee

Friday 16 August 2013 15:02

Zwelinzima Vavi Media Briefing
Streamed live on Aug 16, 2013
Zwelinzima Vavi briefs the media on his suspension

Zwelinzima Vavi has slammed the decision by Cosatu to suspend him.(SABC)

South African leader suspended for illicit love affair

South Africa News.Net Thursday 15th August, 2013
  Suspended Cosatu General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi has ordered his lawyers to write to the Central Executive Committee of Cosatu, requesting a postponement or suspension of a disciplinary meeting meant to probe his sexual liaisons with a married colleague.

He was addressing a news conference in Johannesburg.

Vavi has slammed a decision by the labour federation to suspend him, saying those in favour of his suspension were strongly prejudiced.

An internal disciplinary, meant to probe his affair with the 26-year old woman and the way she was appointed, is meant to get
underway within days.

"I believe that the next people to be politically persecuted is not only Numsa’s Irvin Jim and those other leaders of the unions that are defending my rights but all those South Africans that are listed in the so called intelligence report.”
The ruling Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Thursday said its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has been suspended for having an illicit love affair. "Vavi has been released from all his official duties as the general secretary (of COSATU) during the period of investigation until such time that the outcome of the disciplinary hearing is known," reported Xinhua quoting party's deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali as saying. As the largest of the country's three main trade union federations with 1.8 million workers, the COSATU is part of the tripartite alliance with the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party in ruling the country. Last month a junior COSATU employee accused Vavi of rape, but he said that he had a consensual affair with her. The central executive committee (CEC) of the COSATU Wednesday met in Johannesburg to discuss the possible disciplinary action against him. "After lengthy discussion, the CEC meeting agreed to conduct a full investigation into the allegations," COSATU president Sidumo Dlamini said Thursday. - See more at:

Click below to watch the full press briefing Vavi gave on Friday....

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