Cosatu slams news article for creating ‘schisms’

2011-01-17 13:30

A news article on Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s

absence from the ANC’s 99th anniversary celebrations was “deliberately designed”

to “manufacture” schisms that do not exist, the union federation said

today.

“For example it makes claims that the Cosatu general secretary said

that President Jacob Zuma is presiding over a predatory elite,” the Congress of

SA Trade Unions said.

It challenged the Mail & Guardian to produce evidence that Vavi

had said this.

“Unless the Mail & Guardian issues a clear apology?.?.?. we

will be left with no option but to report the paper to the ombudsman.”

According to the article, published in the Mail & Guardian on

January 14, relations between Vavi and top ANC leaders, including Zuma and ANC

secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, appeared to have hit a new low, as suggested

by Vavi’s absence from the ANC’s January 8 celebrations in Polokwane.

“His no-show at the all-important annual party event, at which Zuma

unveiled the ANC’s plans for the year, raised eyebrows in the alliance with some

leaders reading it as a sign of deepening tension between him and the ANC

leadership,” the article read.

It said that Zuma was said to have “taken offence” at Vavi’s widely

publicised remarks that Zuma was presiding over a “predatory” state plagued by a

paralysis of leadership and that ANC leaders were “political hyenas”.?

 

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