What they say

2012-02-25 17:01

Jacob Zuma
“You can’t say (just) because I am a leader of a union, here is my place, and the ANC will see itself through. Nor can you say the (SA Communist) party must see itself through.”

“To me politics in South Africa is a matter of life and death. The fact that the majority of the (union) leaders are not members of the (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) is a ­short-coming.”

“How do you influence progressive national politics in South Africa if you are not at the centre where progressive decisions are taken?”

Zwelinzima Vavi
“I know comrades, in the environment we find ourselves in, it’s very difficult to have honest and open ­discussion. Perhaps because in these days, any statement is interpreted in line with the prevailing political environment.”

“An environment of intimidation, deep divisions, intolerance of different views, pigeonholing of ­unsuspecting individuals, comrades carrying knives against one another, environments of assassinations … it’s a terrible environment.”

“The challenge is how do we stop the organisation descending into a morass of corruption and, eventually, irrelevance. Because those who have lost their conscience make so much unbearable noise that their actions by themselves have an intimidating effect on all of us such that we will forgo important principles because we fear that we may be smashed at a personal level.”

“And there’s a big drive now to keep everybody quiet. You are either with us or against us. If we suspect that so and so is saying something we don’t understand, you should be against us and we smash you. That’s the environment as we speak now.”


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