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vavi1The Citizen reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), lambasted a Twitter follower for making assumptions about his lifestyle and pointed out that he cannot afford medical aid.  

Magope Nkgadima insinuated in a tweet that Vavi was the type of employer who spent more on his pets than his domestic helper.  Nkgadima’s assumption was in response to a video Vavi shared of his puppies playing with children in his home.  Vavi warned Nkgadima not to base his assumptions on the fact that he was a public figure and further stated that interacting with humans was how dogs were socialised.  He often posts videos of his pets.  At the last count, there were seven dogs in the videos.  Vavi recently made headlines after an alleged sex scandal last year resurfaced in the media.  Reports stated that a former employee of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) allegedly filed a complaint against him for which he received a warning.  Vavi apologised to Saftu officials for making the cleaner uncomfortable and unhappy.

  • This short report appeared on page 6 of Sowetan of 8 October 2018

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