Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has released a “bogus” intelligence report which he claims influenced union bosses against him, resulting in his suspension.
He claimed the report was aimed at discrediting a number of South Africans who were bound to suffer the same fate as him – or who have done so already.
These include recently fired human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, National Union of Metalworkers general secretary Irvin Jim and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.
He said Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini circulated this report ahead of Cosatu’s central executive committee meeting on Wednesday, which voted to place him on “special leave”, as part of a political conspiracy to get rid of him.
The veracity of the claims in the report, as well as its authenticity, are untested. We share it here in the public interest.
Vavi was placed on leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing into an affair he had with a Cosatu employee he met at an airport check-in counter and appointed to work for the labour federation.
The “intelligence report”, titled simply Source Reports, gives snippets of information headed by dates and times about the activities of an American think-tank, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which is supposedly aiming to establish a “United States of America in Africa” by infiltrating and overthrowing governments.
It seems to have been compiled by an NED mole who has been pulling information off the organisation’s network and sending it in the form of these reports.
It also contains transcripts of meetings and SMSes between South African political figures not sympathetic to the ANC or President Jacob Zuma, and NED representatives.
NED supposedly works through funding NGOs, paying off Constitutional Court judges, and funding new political and labour forces like Agang SA and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.
The report claims Vavi was approached two years ago by the NED, but wasn’t interested then. It implies he subsequently started working to further NED’s aims. It said “Vavi, who after 6 months will make the union deeply divided, radar less (sic), and causing members to deflect to other unions.”
It said a fight for control of unions would ensue and the trouble would eventually cause mines to shut down.
“Investors will stop coming to SA and pull out investments, those who lose jobs will be deregulated and desperate. NGOs will move in with food parcels buying trust and circulate misinformation inciting rage, that coupled with other factors will have chaos and uprisings,” the report says.
It claims the Marikana shootings last year had been carefully orchestrated as part of a “grand conspiracy” to overthrow the state, and service delivery and xenophobic violence were part of this conspiracy.
The report also linked various South African political figures to Agang SA, which it said was getting support from the NED.
“I have no doubt in my mind that this report has been widely circulated among certain leaders in the organisation, and have changed the readers’ perspectives about me,” Vavi told journalists.
“Individuals who only yesterday would have laid their lives on the line in my defence and in the defence of the organisation have changed in the recent past and today are my worst political enemies.”
He said the report was a complete fabrication. He said it seemed as if state organs were abused and his lawyers would be writing to State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and the inspector-general of intelligence in this regard.
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