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zwelinzima Vavi's wife Noluthando has quit her lucrative job amid recent revelations of a financial scandal at SA Quantum.
Mrs Vavi has not admitted guilt, but stated in her resignation letter that the scandal "perceived to have been a bribe, has put me in an invidious position".
Three weeks ago, the Mail & Guardian reported that SA Quantum chief executive Veone Bock had offered a reporter of the newspaper R120000 to quash a story claiming that Noluthando Vavi was paid R60000 a month to allegedly market the company to Cosatu affiliates.
At the time Cosatu said Noluthando was not marketing pension fund products to unions, but the police began an investigation into Bock after the newspaper had secretly filmed him handing over R40000 of the bribe to its reporter.
Last week Cosatu pension fund coordinator Jan Mahlangu admitted that former SA Quantum chief executive Abraham Nduru had bought him an Audi A4 car, said to be valued at R349000, as a gift.
Nduru has since died.
As soon as Mahlangu admitted that Nduru had given him the car, Noluthando Vavi resigned from SA Quantum.
Her resignation letter says: "The attempt to bribe a Mail & Guardian journalist and the Mail & Guardian story that the previous SA Quantum CEO allegedly provided Mr Jan Mahlangu with a car perceived to have been a bribe, has put me in an invidious position. I have no alternative but to tender my resignation with immediate effect.
"I am not in any way suggesting that I acted immorally by providing a service to SA Quantum. I entered into an agreement with the previous CEO in good faith. Precisely because of that I want to protect my integrity as a professional.
"I cannot associate myself, even if this is just a perception that can be proven to be incorrect later, with activities to bribe journalists or to provide gifts to union officials perceived to have been a bribe," the letter concludes.
Cosatu welcomed her resignation and said it would carry out lifestyle audits on its senior officials.
Spokesperson Patrick Craven said: "We know that this is not any kind of admission of guilt, but a move to disassociate herself from a company that has behaved immorally and unethically and lost all credibility."