SA forgetting struggle: Vavi

By Drum Digital
18 October 2012

South Africans are "rapidly forgetting" the traditions of the fight for democracy, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday.

"We are rapidly forgetting the traditions of our movement, which valued service to the people above any thought of personal advancement," Vavi said in Johannesburg.

"The squalid morality of the capitalists, based on me-first and survival of the fittest is seeping even into our own revolutionary movement, dragging in its wake huge problems of factionalism and even assassination of opponents and whistle-blowers."

Vavi was speaking at a University of SA lecture in memory of former justice minister Abdullah Omar.

He said a black elite had emerged out of apartheid to create "an oasis of opulence" for themselves.

-by Sapa

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