vavi1Sowetan writes that the Sunday Times has reported that Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has been courting Zwelinzima Vavi, former general secretary of labour federation Cosatu.  

This comes as the official opposition party intensifies its bid to wrest Nelson Mandela Bay metro from the ANC in the upcoming local government elections.  Maimane and Vavi apparently met at a Johannesburg hotel on 1 February to discuss forming a coalition government in the metro should the ANC fail to win an outright majority there.  National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim was invited but did not pitch.  Jim commented on Saturday that he had no knowledge of the meeting and referred the Sunday Times to Vavi.

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