We want Vavi back, demands Fawu

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The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) called on Monday for the return of suspended Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Fawu said it had resolved to hold a special national executive committee meeting in February to take stock of developments since the last NEC meeting, which mandated national office bearers to call for Vavi’s reinstatement.

“This expanded mandate is sought after in order to take into account the decision taken by Cosatu’s national office bearers to proceed with issuing out the charge-sheet against Vavi,” Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola said in a statement on Monday.

He said the failure to convene the special national congress and decide on the way forward would also be addressed.

Masemola said the Cosatu should not be turned into a museum which was pleased only with past glories, but had to be maintained as a militant and campaigning federation with Vavi at the helm.

“Fawu will lobby and engage all affiliates of Cosatu to convince them on the importance of such a stance and on how critical it is to have the return of Vavi in the office expedited…”

It said the special congress should be held by end of March.

The special congress is a meeting of all Cosatu affiliates.

Cosatu affiliates, Fawu, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union, the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union and others intend holding a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the special congress and Vavi’s suspension.


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