Cosatu Spokesman Craven Quits In Sympathy With Expelled Vavi

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) National spokesperson Patrick Craven has resigned. Craven made the announcement during a press briefing addressed by expelled Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi in Sandton.

Craven says he handed his resignation on Tuesday. He says that he could not justify the decision made by the labour federation in expelling Vavi. Craven is seemingly the first to defy the instruction by Cosatu to isolate Vavi.

In announcing its sacking of Vavi on Tuesday Cosatu said that no staff or members of affiliate unions must associate themselves with activities related to Vavi.

Cosatu fired Vavi for gross misconduct and neglecting his duties following this non-attendance of two Central Executive Committee meetings in March.

“Hands off Zwelinzima Vavi” is the rallying cry of a number of unions that support former Cosatu’s former general-secretary.

These unions flanked Vavi as he addressed the media about his sacking for gross misconduct from Cosatu.

The unions have vowed to defy the instruction by Cosatu that affiliate unions must distance themselves from activities and platforms occupied by Vavi.

Cosatu warned that the code of conduct of the labour federation will be used to deal with those not heeding the instruction.