Police Union Popcru has called former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi a pathological liar, saying that it cannot stand idly by while Vavi misleads the public about the real reasons for his divorce from Cosatu.
“The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) takes offence at the fallacious deceits Mr Vavi continues to peddle within media circles. In his recent radio interview on SA FM, he palpably claimed he was fired from Cosatu for his role in fighting corruption, and alleged that some unions, including Popcru, were at the forefront of these acts,” a statement released by Popcru on Friday evening said.
The union said that Vavi is manipulating facts and trying to make himself a victim, when the truth is that Vavi himself is the root of most challenges Cosatu has had to defeat.
“For so long as Mr Vavi lies about why he left Cosatu, we will never shy away from repeating the reason for his departure, which were mainly guided by the need to instill discipline within the federation. We have to put the facts bare and straight at all times to depict these kinds of political askaris for what they are, and we dare Mr Vavi to challenge these assertions in the public.”
Below is the remainder of the statement, where Popcru lays out reasons for its staunch defence of Cosatu:
The forensic report by the Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo firm of auditors found that Zwelinzima Vavi
- a) Sold COSATU House less than the market value to the same person who also bought the old COSATU House
- b) The daughter of Zwelinzima Vavi was employed by VMS, a company that had been contracted by Zwelinzima Vavi to provide technological services to the COSATU house and she was paid R10 000 by VMS . She only stopped working for VMS when the media reports came out.
- c) The wife of Mr, Vavi was also a director at VMS, reflecting a direct conflict of interest.
The Special CEC held in 2015 said that where there are identified fraudulent activities, and were awaiting the outcomes of the issues by the Law Enforcement Agencies.
We also want the federation to investigate whether the companies that were involved in the new COSATU building were also not linked to Zwelinzima Vavi and his family
Mr Vavi left the federation highly indebted.
- a) He entered into contracts with the same VMS which left the federation having to service the contract at an amount of R 9 million a year
- b) All the free things promised in the contract with VMS are actually being paid for to this day
He employed his girlfriend, without following proper procedure .The same women who he later slept with at the COSATU offices is the one he employed irregular. NOBs were not informed, and HR was not involved.
- He refused to take second-class on flight bookings like other NOBs , he demanded first class .
- He hired a higher level Mercedes Benz and other similar higher standard cars for himself when visiting other provinces and instructed staff to hire a Toyota, VW and others for the NOBs
- It is reported that he owns multiple houses all over the country , fronts as property for his wife. There are four houses in Sandton , two apartments in Durban , and another one in Cape town.
- ZV has a transport company in mining in KZN . He hires foreigners as drivers and exploits them , including apparently being physical with them
- He has been hiring domestic workers from Malawi and some of them left because of abuse.
- He has apparently abused COSATU security provided for him, including having his wife asking them to do ironing for her.
Further, during the period March 2012 to July 2012 and at his instance, the following personal and family travel expenses were paid by COSATU:
- A ticket for Noluthando Vavi [your wife] flying from Johannesburg to Cape Town on 28 March 2012 for the Jazz Festival, the amount which was paid with COSATU credit card 0526;
- Accommodation at the Nova Constantia Boutique Hotel for the Jazz Festival during the period 28 March 2012 to 1 April 2012 in the net amount of R14 128 for you and Noluthando Vavi;
- A ticket for Noluthando Vavi flying from Cape Town to Kimberley on 1 April 2012 and returning to Johannesburg in the net amount of R2,145;
- A ticket for Noluthando Vavi flying from Johannesburg to East London on 11 May 2012 and returning to Johannesburg on 13 May 2012 in the net amount of R4,182;
- A ticket for Noluthando Vavi flying from Johannesburg to Cape Town on 27 May 2012 and returning to Johannesburg on 28 May 2012 in the net amount of R2,318;
- A ticket for Noluthando Vavi flying from Johannesburg to Cape Town on 31 May 2012 and returning to Johannesburg on 4 June 2012 in the net amount of R3,572;
- A ticket for Noluthando Vavi flying from Johannesburg to Cape Town on 6 June 2012 and returning to Johannesburg the same day in the net amount of R1,960;
- A ticket for Nikiwe Vavi flying from Johannesburg to Durban on 9 July 2012 and returning on 15 July 2012 in the net amount of R1 726, which amount was paid with COSATU credit card 0526; and
- A ticket for Aphelele Vavi flying from Johannesburg to Durban on 9 July 2012 and returning on15 July 2012 in the net amount of R1 555, which amount was paid with COSATU credit card 0526.
He has failed to act in accordance with his duty of good faith towards COSATU and in accordance with the fidelity, honesty and integrity required of him in his position as General Secretary; and he breached clauses 3 and/or 4 and/or 5 of the COSATU Staff and Leadership Code of Conduct.