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Prepare for coming battles - Vavi

2012-07-22 20:10

Johannesburg - The African National Congress and its alliance partners should prepare for the battles that lay ahead, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga on Saturday.

"The ANC is celebrating 100 years of struggle and all three alliance partners are holding their national congresses or conferences," Vavi told delegates in a speech prepared for delivery at Cosatu's provincial congress.

"Let us use our provincial and national congresses to forge policies and programmes of action which will arm us for the battles ahead."

He said 2012 was a historic year which had brought opportunities to make a decisive breakthrough in the struggle for total liberation.

Cosatu would hold its national congress in September with a number of impressive victories under its belt, said Vavi.

These were through efforts the union made to ensure the government and the ruling party recognised the country was facing a national crisis.

"We have signed four accords on basic education, national skills, local procurement and green economy," said Vavi.

He said the union had adopted a programme of action this past week to address the crisis of the country's dysfunctional education system.

Comments
  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-07-22 20:22

    Well meaning but the problem I have with Vavi is that he plays to the gallery all the time uyisimukanandwendwe all talk and no action!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-22 21:05

      Still stuck in a time warp. Still using struggle language. Still cannot transition to a post liberation era.

      alisha.abad.7 - 2012-07-23 08:01

      Very fragile. They petrified that the whites and other minorities will stop paying their taxes in a planned tax revolt.

      elewies - 2012-07-23 12:00

      Struggle struggle struggle. Such a nice word to brush off responsibility.

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-07-22 20:28

    Sorry mr VAVI, it is not only the educational system that disfunctional, IT IS THE WHOLE ANC GOVERNMENT. What we have built up in over 400 years, you have destroyed in 20 Years, Now that is a great job.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-22 21:20

      100 % SPOT ON !!!!!!!!!!!

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-07-22 22:21

      Mike.ntsh2009 - Just posted Report comment Stefaan; Who is we? What has "we" built? Divisions, tribalism, racism, elite european foreigners, and the like? All of a sudden there's liberals that know a black child deserves a house, good education, equal rights, etc! Why couldn't you think about those ages ago with your forefathers? Let me tell you like it is... you only become smart "boetie" because your party is not in power, but deep down you will still reverse what your forefathers did if given power. Just look at your comments when same event like strikes happen in WC and elsewhere in country... you always have double standards... What happened when Mariette Bosch was given capital punishment in Botswana, our government had to intervene and get her to serve sentence in South Africa since the courts abolished it here, but when Tshabala was given same sentence by Botswana government, your parties were all of sudden silent... You know why? yes you have the answer. We are sick and tired of hypocrites like you.

      magdaleen.smuts - 2012-07-22 22:26

      Sorry Stefaans but you also misunderstand the history. If someone today takes all of our farms will you trust them??? Will you want to work hand in hand with them? This is what happened to AFRICA 400 years ago until not to long ago. They do not trust you because your comment is the same selfish onesided history you prefer to shout out. You did not built this country for ALL, you built mostly for your own. Now that the tables are turned you wonder why they want it back even if it eventually could end the same way as independent other nations has shown since the 1960's.

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-07-23 07:21

      But, Magdalene, if the present ANC takes all the farms belonging to Whites,would you expect their descendants to retaliate 400 years later?

      magdaleen.smuts - 2012-07-23 09:05

      Keath.What I try to explain is not whether it is wrong or right, but this is reality. We are all thinking in a Westernized way. Africa does not work that way. I do not want to insult anybody, but if most of your followers is well educated, hungry and without anything to loose, then yes, they will hang on to 400years history. We need to seriously take that into account as well. If you can read "The Africans" by David Lamb. It is a good non political fact finding read.

  • sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-22 20:32

    With this incompetent government in charge nothing will change , things will just get worse !! Bloody bunch of imbeciles , all they can do is steal !!

  • tobydt - 2012-07-22 20:52

    Oh, and just so you know vavi, we are preparing for the coming battles. Our fight is against you, the SACP and the ANC. Burn in hell mafakas.

  • bernpm - 2012-07-22 21:06

    "The ANC is celebrating 100 years of struggle.........." and the ordinary citizen is looking for some quiet existence in a well organised society. You guys are running 20 years behind. Stop struggling and start doing some work instead.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-22 21:22

      They will struggle for the next 200 years ! Evolution left many behind !

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-07-22 21:24

      Or until jesus comes again.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-22 21:10

    It's not about programmes and policies, it's about defining needs, putting Government above Party, and action. The present cabinet, to a man and woman, are Naive Realists. What is a Naive Realist? One who explains one concrete thing by by reference to another e.g. BEE creates jobs; poverty is the cause of AIDS. There are recent signs, thanks in part to the ebullient if indecisive Zuma, of governing from the top, and wanting pragamtic decisions obeyed, instead of passing the buck to local government and agencies like Denel, Escom and Sanral. Ten years ago, with the exception of Nosiswe Mdlala Routledge, no-one in Government dared admit there was anything wrong at all.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-07-22 21:39

    no need to battle coz DA wil win n rule come 2014.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-22 22:06

    "Prepare for coming battles" Order your bottles of Moet and Johnny Walker early.

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-07-22 22:21

    The struggle for liberation???????? youve been in power for almost 20 years and youre still clinging to any way of making your thievery look like a struggle for freedom Fools. That exscuse is getting old now youll have to come up with something new.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-22 23:31

    Correction. 82 years of struggle. 18 years of mismanagement, theft and corruption.

  • Billy - 2012-07-23 04:26

    the struggle money machine, the more you struggle, the more you vote for them, the more money falls in their pockets.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-23 07:47

    grow a pair of balls & start your own party Vavi, COSATU is one of the MAIN problems of this country, how can you wear a union & a government hat at the same time.

  • GeorgeHumble - 2012-07-23 08:51

    If you have been struggling for a 100 years, maybe you should rethink your competence, or maybe you are doing something wrong?

  • munyadziwa.muleya - 2012-07-23 09:50

    Every citizen has the right to for speech and I think vavi is talking about what they are disscusing at their conferences and he is got the right to do so I think south africa is so good now that we can talk what's on your mind.I remember when I use to walk with the pass that was written by my principal when ever I come to visit my parents in joburg and we didn't have any rights to utter a word and divide and rule(indepedence states).there are still farms that are not producing anything and we are saying if we take them what are going to do but my question is that what about now cause is not utilised at all the other thing is that traitors had already sold us and now we have people who were not given the right direction that's why we have corruption and scandal from our government.

  • ivan.devries.7 - 2012-08-08 01:02

    Brother Vavi it is 2012 lets move on so that our kids can have a good life in SA.I salute my brothers but time has come to vote DA DA DA not anc

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