Patrick Craven announced at a media briefing called by Vavi, and leaders of the seven unions supporting him, that he Craven had resigned because the decisions of the Cosatu central executive committee‚ including Vavi’s expulsion‚ were “unfair”.  Vavi is reported to have said that legal action was being considered concerning statements made about him that “border on defamation and criminal libel”.  He claimed that he had a contract with Cosatu and was entitled to a fair hearing led by an independent chairperson and also did not rule out the possibility of challenging his expulsion in court. Vavi also claimed that both the CCMA and the Labour Court would overturn the decision to expel him.

Setumo Stone’s report  Cosatu spokesman: I cannot defend the indefensible  was first published in the Rand Daily Mail on 2 April 2015.