Roodt a hero - Vavi

2015-08-17 07:56
Zwelinzima Vavi. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

Zwelinzima Vavi. (Supplied, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has hailed economist Dawie Roodt a hero after he wrote an open letter to all South Africans on why he will not emigrate.

Roodt was recently seriously hurt when armed robbers held him and his family up at their Pretoria home.

"[He is a] hero, not only in the eyes of his family, but [also] our society... [which is] sick and tired of the marauding gangs of criminals with no particular origin - as Hugh Masekela calls them," Vavi told News24.

"I am happy that he sees the connection between criminality and the broader societal problems of unemployment and economy not transformed to work for all."

In the letter, titled "I choose the greater fear - A letter to my fellow South Africans – all of them", he laments government bureaucracy and how the country is deteriorating, before detailing a three-point plan on how things could be improved. Read the full letter here.

Roodt suggested that all public service workers, including those who worked at state-owned enterprises (SOE), reapply for their jobs, but Vavi said he could not support this, saying the workers were not the problem.

"I fully agree that people must be employed strictly on merit and not based on political connections.

"But I cannot support asking the whole public service and SOEs workers to reapply as a way of dealing with the problem.

"In fact, I believe most of the problems are not created by workers who themselves do not have power to employ but by senior officials who don’t have skills but rely on political connections."

Vavi agreed with Roodt that the country's education system needed to be revamped.

However, he did not agree that there was a problem of labour law rigidity.

"I think our problem is lazy managers who won’t read or follow procedure to discipline workers when they are not productive or not doing their jobs," said Vavi.

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