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The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general
secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has strongly rejected allegations that he is involved
in another sexual misconduct scandal as “completely baseless”.The Sowetan reported on Friday that a cleaner who worked at
the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) had laid a sexual
harassment claim against Vavi.The paper reported that the cleaner filed the complaint
after Vavi’s alleged conduct caused her stress.The report goes into detail about the alleged series of
incidents that occurred between Vavi and the cleaner including requests for
massages, kisses and fondling.”There is a record which that article selectively
quotes that the alleged victim accepted that there was a misunderstanding
between her and myself, and the matter was closed after she twice refused to
take the matter forward,” Vavi told News24 on Friday.Numsa acting spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola declined to
comment when contacted by News24.”We are not going to comment, this is a very sensitive
issue. Please refer queries to Saftu,” Hlubi-Majola told News24 on Friday.Saftu spokesperson Patrick Craven could not immediately
provide comment but told News24 that the media should expect a statement on
this issue in due course.In 2013 News24 reported that a woman had withdrawn a rape
accusation against Vavi, who was general secretary of trade union federation
Cosatu at the time. The woman withdrew her complaint just hours after an
internal disciplinary process had got underway. Vavi denied her claims, saying the sex was consensual. He
accused the woman of trying to extort R2m from him. At the time of the alleged
incident, the 26-year-old accuser worked for Cosatu in the administration
department. SOURCE: NEWS24


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