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'Tenderpreneurs' causing divisions - Vavi

2011-12-13 22:45

Johannesburg - The divisions between the ANC and its alliance partners are neither ideological nor political, but driven by "tenderpreneurship", Cosatu's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

“As long as the capitalist system is in place in our country, so will be the corruption," he said at a march in Polokwane, held to protest against corruption in the Limpopo government.

“It does not mean that corruption does not exist in conditions of socialism. In China at least four leaders of the communist party there got hanged, literally hanged, for being corrupt."

He said if China could find four leaders guilty of corruption, then South Africa could find more than 50 corrupt officials.

Vavi denied the march was aimed at weakening Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale's bid to be re-elected to the post by the African National Congress.

"This is not factional activity. This is a march against corruption. It is not a march against the ANC. We are not bullets who could be used by anyone in the country."

Vavi said what had happened to the South African woman who was executed in China on Monday for drug smuggling was against human rights, but sent a strong message to those who committed crime. "If you are found guilty, or even get sick on the eve of your prison term, you should account for the crime committed," he said.

Disgraced former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi took ill on Friday, December 2, after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his bid to appeal his conviction on corruption charges, giving him 48 hours to report to jail.

Comments
  • kevin.rack - 2011-12-14 04:05

    Sometimes Vavi has some really good points then he says something really dumb. He is indeed correct in poiting out that greed is causing comrades to kill each other for tenders and fueling the huge corruption problem. He is really dumb in comparing South Africa with China is one of them. China, like the old colonials, is not a friend who cares about your well being nor does it have a great human rights record let alone free speech. Mr Vavi, systems are not the issue but people(ruling elite) are the problem and us as voters allowing this to take place.

      Sterling - 2011-12-14 05:33

      Vavi fails to see that the legal system is controlled by the ruling party and it's not independent so nothing can be done to these people. SA has a class of untouchables that are too big to be touched by the NPA.

      John - 2012-01-13 18:19

      Tenderpreneurs are Robbing and Stealing the PEOPLES Money. But this Vavi is not far behind. In Cape Town rubbish removal workers were getting R4,200 per month. Vavi is always talking about India and China. In India, in Mumbay, a rubbish removal worker gets LESS THAN R500 per month. The guys in China, EVEN LESS. Vavi is ignorant, incompetent, negligent, and as a member of Cosatu and the ANC, guilty for their actions, a murder and Genocider.

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-14 05:54

    How do you juxtapose the blaming of capitalism for corrupt officials and the offering of communism as a solution? Do these people have different history books? Greed is endemic to all humanity and the old USSR was no exception! Good governance is the result of an overwhelming moral and ethical ethos - where the vast majority of officials are honest public servants - our government is the reverse - this dynamic simply leads to more corruption because its seen as normal and it cannot be stopped without a complete change of mentality and personnell.

      AyGeewils - 2011-12-14 06:06

      One might argue - this is his point; but what example of anything different to the ruling party do COSATU represent? They are in bed with ANC! Can't tell the fox from the jackal ...

  • The-Azanian - 2011-12-14 08:07

    Ths guy is more lyk a soccer commentator, talk talk wit no axion...anc is the active yang n hes the useless ying.

  • lindsy.williams - 2011-12-14 08:42

    Please Vavi, you support this corrupt government called the anc. Help the masses vote for another party, rather then telling us something we already know.

      Musa - 2011-12-14 09:52

      No, this will never happen. The alliance is bigger than individuals. You just cannot separate COSATU from the ANC. Most of us have membership for all 3 movements (ANC, SACP, COSATU), including SANCO as well. Live with it: the alliance is here to stay. Amandla! Viva the tri-partite alliance, Viva!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-14 10:19

    Cosatu is simply a talking in need of civilians sympathy. Why do they oppose when they have the power to raise this in the ANC meetings.

  • Faith - 2012-01-21 13:22

    We don't need hate against capitalism because same problems are found in socialst economise, we need more tough punishments for illicit practices as they are the worst form of economic sabotage...

  • Johnson - 2012-02-07 19:32

    People did not listen, now suffer - and stop complaining about the ANC - you vote you get - As far as I can recall 80% in Limpopo voted ANC ( Zimpopo is now what you will be called )

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