ANCYL disagrees with Vavi’s remarks on upcoming elections

2011-04-07 07:07

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) disagrees with the remarks and observations of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on the upcoming local government elections.

In his address to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s bargaining conference, Vavi said: “We [the ANC] are going into elections with our tails between our legs, with our backs to the wall, because we have lost 1.17 million jobs and 5.8 million families are plunged into poverty.”

In the same address, Vavi also said there was a possibility that the ANC might soon call someone President Zille, said ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu.

“The ANCYL does not agree that the ANC will go to local government elections with its tail behind the legs, because contrary to what is implied, the ANC has done exceptionally well with regards to service delivery.”

The ANC provided water, electricity, roads, sanitation, houses and many other basic services to millions of people over the past five years, he said.

“Whilst we all accept that there is a problem of unemployment, it is wrong to blame unemployment and retrenchments on the ANC government, particularly at local level.”

Shivambu said the ANC was going into the local government elections with its head very high because they had fulfilled more than 80 percent of the promises made in the 2006 local government elections.

“The general secretary of Cosatu should understand better than anyone that job losses that occurred because of the world economic recession cannot be blamed on the ANC, but on many other factors that are beyond the ANC’s control.

“Instead of educating workers that job losses are a result of global economic crisis, the general secretary of Cosatu implies that the ANC is responsible for the job losses.”

He said the ANC government carried a responsibility of building sustainable livelihoods for all the people of South Africa and was on track with regards to functions it could play.

“An imagination that Helen Zille will ever be president of South Africa is alarmist because Helen Zille will never be president of South Africa, even if the sun can set from a different direction.”

The majority of the people of South Africa knew that Zille represented the interests of some white people and played on their insecurities to secure votes and funding, Shivambu said.

He said she had demonstrated in the decisions taken by the Democratic Alliance government in the Western Cape that she had no regard for black communities.

“The DA will never lead South Africa and no one in the movement should have such imaginations and because they are just that, imaginations.”

The ANCYL would always protect the right of all in the movement to freely express themselves, “but will always express our disagreements on issues that are said in an alarmist fashion”, Shivambu said.

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