Education can transform society: Vavi

2011-09-10 20:13

Johannesburg - Education was the basis for the transformation of society, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Saturday.

"You must never stand on the fence and plead neutrality when the capitalist class is butchering the working class on a daily basis," Vavi said in a statement prepared for delivery.

He was speaking at the 20th anniversary of the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco) at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown. He said the union's federation hoped the students would continue to expose the injustices of capitalist society.

These injustices were reflected by the fact that executive directors in the top 40 JSE-listed companies received huge salary increases and bonuses, while workers' modest wage demands were not met.

Vavi said the Congress of SA Trade Unions relied on Sasco to provide the country with professionals such as lawyers, accountants and economists.

Vavi also praised the students whose struggles contributed to South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy.

The history of Sasco underlined the importance of a radical student movement that would openly tackle exploitation and identify itself with the working class and the poor.

  • Shrike - 2011-09-10 20:43

    Education is the key to the future, very true......what are you doing to improve the education system? Are you building schools? Any new universities? No? Nothing? Thought so.......

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-09-10 20:56


  • duma.nkululeko - 2011-09-10 21:06

    Seconded Vv

      letsee - 2011-09-10 21:22

      Agreed but shouldn't it have started long ago? The ANC has been asleep and to an extent giving reason to Malema. Just that Malema is not educated to devise solutions that work.

  • bogo - 2011-09-10 21:24

    education yes but start first with malema end the one he said he will kil for him so the change wil raise in ths country viva chaos viva

  • K-NINE - 2011-09-10 21:37

    Vavi F@k gaan hier aan?

  • Phaedioux - 2011-09-10 21:42

    Once you have got all the lawyers, accountants and economists that you suggest, do you honestly believe that they would listen to your twaddle or agree to do what you suggest? I believe that they would rather get involved in boosting the economy and create the necessary jobs.

  • Hux - 2011-09-10 21:47

    Vavi, you are as thick as a plank. It is the capitalist society that strives to educate everybody and the socialist ones that ensure that the bulk of people stay uneducated.

  • Grb - 2011-09-10 22:08

    "raise the ceiling by lowering the floor" is the ANC's model for education. As a highly qualified, skilled pale male I am more than willing to share my skills to help educate and mentor fellow south africans of all Races and Genders indiscriminately. Any other approach is racist, sexist and UnConstitutional.

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-09-10 22:13

    There IS a very simple solution to education in SA, especially Maths. The solution is so easy, but dramatic and effective, that it could change not only Maths, but also Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, & Economics. All that is need is a laptop and WiFi connection for EVERY student aver the age of 13! The youth of our country would NEVER have to look back! The amazing part about it, that it is ALL FREE! I am astonished that the Government neither knows about it, or seems to care! To be 100% effective, it would require on-site "coaches" or "Mentors" - and even if THEIR Maths is not quite up to the mark, that will suffice.if you want to know more about this FREE program - for the good of ALL our population look here:

      tryanything - 2011-09-11 10:21

      The government is so busy with KYA its too late......

  • AquaticApe - 2011-09-10 22:14

    Vavi and his pals in the tripartite alliance said "Liberation before education". It's sure take a long time for him to realise that education IS liberation! He still hasn't twigged that education level usually equals salary level although thanks to AA that isn't necessarily so in SA.

  • warshrike - 2011-09-11 03:27

    "You must never STAND on the fence..." How about you get educated and say, "SIT on the fence...". Talk is cheap and the truth is that education in SA is screwed and will continue until a realistic government is in place that actually represents all the people and caters to their needs as apposed to their own corrupt desires. Looking in on SA is almost laughable ito the antics of government-what they say, do and the image they portray. Education is so important; wake up ANC - give to the people what you don't have - integrity, skills, EQUAL opportunity, and most of all - HOPE.

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-09-11 05:45

    We all know hat fact , the next trick is to get the Malemas of the world to know it.However they love a dumb electorate that can be swayed with a yellow cap or 'T' shirt

  • Ndlovu - 2011-09-11 06:49

    great insight... education... man thats the PROBLEM of SA since ever...not a new perception! And the capital class is not "butchering" the working poor... they feed it! In Europe where people have an excellent life even when workless, the average work performance is about 50 minutes per hour... in SA it is by 35 minutes... can you feel the difference? Asside that, on my place, where I have friendly and well educated people (educated by me!!!) the performance is about 45 minutes p h and they are paid according well! And some are with me more than 15- respective 12 years... But first we had to find "the good appels" and sort the bad out! But at least, you point to one of the countries most important problems, the skills, education... but don't forget, education not only of the brain, education for the character and heart as well is important, and there.. ther is the biggest "gap"!!!!

      semaj - 2011-09-11 09:42

      We hear of kids taking a "gap year" after secondary education, but in RSA, kids take gap years during secondary education thanks to poor educational standards.

  • twolips - 2011-09-11 07:45

    I would have been more impressed if Vavi had said: GOOD education WILL transform society.

  • Bewildered - 2011-09-11 08:53

    Fifteen years ago Thabo Mbbeki said that lack of educaion was the root cause of crime in SA. Give us time, he said. They were going to overhaul the education system, bring in outcome-based education and the batches of studens passing matric in 12 years' time would be educated and equipped to be productive citizens. OBE, though successfully implemented in Australia, has been a dismal failure here, and our children are coming out of school stupid. The pass rate is a farce. Is there a "plan B'?

      tryanything - 2011-09-11 10:19

      Dont think there is any plan B Africa is different.requires different approach....

  • DanieBez24 - 2011-09-11 10:09

    dy look at the fatcat government salaries and bribes.....?

  • Mboneli - 2011-09-11 11:49

    I agree with Mr Vavi for what he has said in Sasco Congress that yes indeed young people must continue to expose the injustices of capitalist society and i also consider the view point that says educatoin is very beneficial to the young diversity of South Africa beause it enhance their brain's maturity through political,social and economic progress,but i'm having a concern and quetion by the ANCYL drive the policy "my quetion is that 'Are they instil the importance of education or they just focussing in political issues only?...others they remember the youth of the past which led by Mr Malusi Gigaba as a strategic person in term of youth plan programs.Bye from

  • Antoine - 2011-09-11 11:56

    Transformation in education will do this? And how will such transformation be achieved? What with the horrors of inept and destructive teachers AND SADTU, Vavi! How about mass brain-transplants for the entire ANC/ANCYL and you, and your unions? THEN we'd be talking!

  • WoodworkPh.D - 2011-09-11 15:33

    Hmmm, "Education t&C's apply". Shame

  • marinella.fogli - 2011-09-11 19:23

    Mr. ZWELINZIMA VAVI discovered hot water!!!!! Where your children are going to school? Private! Why not public? Because you got money .... your brothers and sisters need the same, what are you talking about, you are the Trade Union's President but you are a member of the Governance, you CANNOT stay with a feet in two shoes!!!!!! SHAME

  • Ayanda - 2011-09-20 09:34

    The capitalistic system that continues to dominate this country undermines the struggle for social justice in our society,perhaps government should start putting money where its mouth is!

  • Nowethu - 2012-04-14 14:32

    Education is the weapon of change

  • marius.vandenberg.77 - 2012-07-04 03:01

    Does Mr Vavi acknowledge that in some first-world countries the average wage of blue collar workers has for the first time in history is higher than that of white collar workers? Education is only providing you the ability not the right. The best answer for SA is Vocational Training......and this Mr Vavi is also education....and for Mr Malema this is how you give your peole economic freedom..!

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