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vavi1IOL News reports that general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) Zwelinzima Vavi continues to insist there is a “political agenda” against him.  This comes amid fresh sexual harassment allegations against him.  

The Sowetan last week reported that Vavi had been given a warning following incidents involving a cleaner who worked for affiliate Numsa.  The report claimed that almost a year ago the woman lodged a sexual harassment complaint against Vavi after an alleged sequence of unsavoury requests by the labour federation boss that involved him asking her to massage his legs and feet as well as him trying to kiss her.  On Friday, Vavi said the allegations were baseless.  “There is a record which that article selectively quotes where the alleged victim accepted there was a misunderstanding between her and myself and the matter was closed after she twice refused to take it forward,” he stated.  Five years ago, reports surfaced against Vavi, then general secretary of Cosatu, in which he was accused of having an affair with a married junior employee.  On Friday, Saftu said in a statement that the recent matter had been laid to rest and "justice was served" after the complainant said she was satisfied with how the matter had been resolved.

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