- Trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi received a warning from Saftu officials after he was accused of sexual harassment
- A cleaner in the offices where Vavi works laid a complaint against him after he behaved inappropriately
- Vavi since apologised to the cleaner and said he didn't mean to make her uncomfortable
Zwelinzima Vavi, the trade union leader, was involved in a scandalous situation as he stood accused of sexual harassment.
A cleaner accused Vavi of acting very inappropriately. She worked for Numsa and filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. The complaint was filed in September 2018.
The complaint led to Vavi receiving a warning for his behaviour. He was also expected to apologise to the cleaner.
The Sowetan reported that the cleaner complained that Vavi made it a habit to arrive early at work and would then ask her to massage his feet and legs.
One day Vavi asked for tea and then asked if he could kiss her. She told him she didn't like what was happening.
Later that same week, the cleaner asked to leave work early because he grandchild was in hospital. Vavi then allegedly told her to lie down so he could massage her.
The cleaner claims he then touched her back and neck and started often asking her for kisses, which she ignored.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the cleaner also accused Vavi of touching her breast and asking her if he was 'going to get it'.
The cleaner spoke to the building's caretaker and Saftu officials asked her if she would want to work at the offices permanently. She didn't want to because she felt uncomfortable.
Apparently, Vavi was shocked when he was asked to respond to the accusations. According to him, he hugged all 'comrades' and there was nothing wrong with it because it was how he greeted everyone.
He went on to say he was unaware of how uncomfortable the cleaner was with his behaviour because she never said anything to him.
The cleaner admitted she was too scared to tell Vavi how she felt. He then apologised to her.
She accepted the apology and Vavi was given a warning about his behaviour.
Vavi, however, said to the media that the whole matter was a misunderstanding.
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