“I told him no. I asked him to stop and he continued to lift up the dress that I was wearing and fondled my private parts. I pushed my dress down and asked that he stop. He did not stop. He put me on the floor and forced himself on me.”
That was what union federation Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s 26-year-old rape accuser told the federation in a grievance letter she sent them earlier this month.
Vavi’s accuser, who cannot be named for legal and ethical reasons, is a young mother who still works for Cosatu in its administration department.
In his response to the federation, Vavi has insisted that the sex between him and the woman was consensual and that she tried to blackmail him, demanding R2 million from him for her rape claims to go away.
Yesterday, he publicly released his entire statement to Cosatu, in which he defends himself against the rape claims.
He admitted to having sex with the complainant in a Cosatu office in January – days before his wife Noluthando gave birth to their twins – after an affair that began in October last year.
Vavi’s statement also reveals how, late last month, his wife was confronted with a tape recording his accuser claimed was made by Vavi’s political enemies who had bugged his office. But Vavi said the recording was clearly made by his accuser and, in it, she had tried to get him to admit the sex was not consensual.
“Despite my wife’s anger, my wife immediately realised I was being set up and told me so,” wrote Vavi.
» The recording, the SMSes, the email in which Vavi’s accuser warned Vavi her husband was a “loose canon” and the political implications in City Press newspaper today.
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