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Forensic report implicates Vavi: Cosatu

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A forensic report into alleged impropriety in the sale of Cosatu’s old head office and purchase of a new one implicates general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, the trade union federation said on Thursday.

The report, by auditing firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, which was handed to the central executive committee (CEC), showed that the auditors had not been able to meet Vavi despite their attempts to do so, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters in Johannesburg.

The report was handed to the committee at its three-day meeting this week.

“The meeting mandated the NOBs [national office bearers] to write a letter to the Cosatu general secretary to meet with the auditors to provide any information which may be required,” Ntshalintshali said.

“The special CEC will receive the final report and make a determination on the way forward based on the recommendations in the report.”

There were allegations that Vavi’s stepdaughter was involved in one of the companies that worked on the head office transaction.

Vavi boycotted this week’s CEC. This was after some affiliates announced they would stay away until the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) was reinstated as a Cosatu member.

Numsa was expelled from the trade union federation in November.

Ntshalintshali on Thursday said Cosatu had been served court papers by Numsa challenging its suspension.

Numsa is allowed to appeal its expulsion at a Cosatu national congress. Ntshalintshali said a special national congress would be held in July. SAPA

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