madisha must now quit home

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

Willie Madisha must now vacate the Cosatu house he has called home for more than eight years.

Madisha was over the weekend axed as president "for bringing Cosatu into disrepute".

He had claimed that he gave SACP secretary Blade Nzimande a R500000 donation from controversial businessman Charles Modise and had rooted for President Thabo Mbeki ahead of the ANC conference in Polokwane in December.

Cosatu threw its weight behind new ANC leader Jacob Zuma.

Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven yesterday said "the house belongs to Cosatu and Madisha is expected to cooperate and vacate".

Craven said Madisha did not draw a salary and was not provided with transport.

"Decisions taken by the majority after following due democratic processes must be respected by all comrades," said Craven after Cosatu's central executive committee met at the weekend and fired Madisha.

"The meeting agreed that Numsa general secretary [Silumko Nondwangu] would be subjected to disciplinary action for ill-discipline," said Craven.

Like Madisha, Nondwangu also went against Cosatu's resolution and backed Mbeki.

Meanwhile, police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said the decision to prosecute over the R500000 claim will be made soon.

But the SACP also wants police to probe perjury charges against Modise and Madisha.