Cosatu not ready to be ANC's lapdog: Vavi

By Drum Digital
12 March 2012

Trade union federation Cosatu will not be silent even if the ANC demands it, Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said in Cape Town over the weekend.

Vavi was addressing delegates at clothing industry trade union Sactwu's bargaining conference, Beeld reported.

"Cosatu is nobody's lapdog. We won't listen if they attempt to tell us when to bark, or they tell us to stop barking because they're having a conference later on in the year," he said - referring to the ANC's June policy conference, and also the leadership conference in Mangaung, Bloemfontein, schedule for December this year.

The political challenges faced by Cosatu made it clear that he had to raise his voice significantly, because Cosatu did not exist "to massage the government and assure them of our undying love," Vavi said.

Cosatu was "predictable", and there was never a "pre-conference period where people pretended to be nice and pleasant, and then a post-conference period where the organisation was lazy and useless," he told delegates.

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