The ANC has called on those involved in the disciplinary hearing of suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi not to speak about it in public.
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement issued this afternoon it “noted” the decision by labour federation Cosatu’s central executive committee to place Vavi and the employee he had sex with on special leave.
“The ANC respects the right of the federation to its internal processes to deal with all matters affecting it and thus the ANC will await the outcome of the disciplinary process to be instituted. We trust that these processes will be speedily concluded and the matter soon laid to rest,” Mthembu said.
He also said the ANC hoped that Cosatu would be “afforded the necessary space to address the challenges facing the federation” and that those involved would respect the internal processes.
Vavi has previously been criticised for tweeting out of turn. This morning, he tweeted: “I am relieved so many have accepted that apology and recognize that some remain unforgiving. Know others celebrating and rubbing salt.”
One of his allies, metalworkers’ union boss Irvin Jim, also this morning confirmed Vavi’s suspension before Cosatu’s press conference.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini earlier admitted that Cosatu’s campaigns were not going the way they should because of the federation’s current troubles.
He also said the labour federation should help the ANC with a “decisive win” in next year’s general elections.
Cosatu decided to suspend Vavi after an all-day meeting yesterday, after he admitted that he had sex with a woman he appointed to work at Cosatu House.
She has also been suspended.
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