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Vavi: Thieves in public office must go

2012-03-02 07:39

Johannesburg - Those in positions of power caught with their hands "in the till" must voluntarily resign, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday.

"[They must be] shamed by the weight of public disapproval, rather than defiantly remaining in office while the evidence against them mounts," he told media in Johannesburg.

Those who wanted to be "people representatives", including unionists, had to chose between doing that, or being business people.

"They must not be allowed to choose both."

On tender fraud, Vavi called on public officials not do business with family members or relatives, as this amounted to a conflict of interest.

Vavi said the central executive committee of the Congress of SA Trade Unions, which met from 27 to 29 February, discussed the country's political situation and the state of the tripartite alliance.

"There was full agreement that 2012 will be a historic year... the most important for Cosatu and its allies since 1994."

He said all three alliance partners would be holding their national congresses and policy-making discussions this year.

"This gives us an unprecedented opportunity to reassess the progress we have made in advancing our national democratic revolution, look at the state of our organisations and plan new strategies for the coming years," said Vavi.

The committee resolved to focus on the conditions of workers and not on "emerging signs of divisions inside the federation".

"The central executive committee... vowed to continue to be vigilant in preventing and slipping back into an environment fraught by innuendos, gossip, and back-stabbing," he said.

All components of the alliance should step up the battle against factionalism, disunity and corruption.

Comments
  • Ian - 2012-03-02 07:52

    Thieves in public office to go.....for sale, empty office block.......!

      Alan - 2012-03-02 08:08

      whaaahaaaa!!!!

      Max - 2012-03-02 08:22

      Talking about thieves, what about your wife's fingers in the Cosatu till, you are living in a glass house.

      Willie - 2012-03-02 08:23

      Vavi stop telling your supporters to vote anc in elections.You have put this "thieves" in goverment but you got no guts to pressure your allies to fire them ,instead you come up with nonsense of "...must voluntarily resign,...". Pull the other one ,stick with your abusive partner ANC. Your actions i like wolf in a sheep skin

      Kobus - 2012-03-02 08:29

      That means that ANC must be disbanded...

      Ben - 2012-03-02 10:55

      Yes and all murderers should give themselves over and voluteer to go to jail.

      Eduard - 2012-03-04 10:26

      I like what you say Vavi, but don't get your mentality (you vote for the thieves-ANC leadership & openly support them) So what the hell? Are you a chicken with two heads? Either start your own party or vote DA or even don't vote then. Let's be honest with ourselves here SA. Zuma is no leader, Malema is no leader, the ANC top structure lacks leadership. How can SA achieve a common goal under these thieving comrades? Unless the goal is to plunder this beautiful South Africa into the dark deepness. Are we (SA and all cultures, colours, shapes and sizes) not a team? Anyway, until the masses realize what these guys are doing, we are on a collision course!!! Here is an idea.....maybe you can blame this one on the apartheid government for not educating the masses

  • david.baker.sa - 2012-03-02 07:59

    Well I agree with part of his thinking. They must go agreed. But if they are stealing the police must be called and a charge must be laid.

      Alan - 2012-03-02 08:09

      nah - the cops will just take bribes

      kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-02 08:52

      They are politicians/official by the day, busines acumen by the night & tenderprenuer in between.

  • Abongile Mbauli - 2012-03-02 08:01

    Vavi, if you are serious about this, stop just talking about it. Go to Limpopo, name and shame these guys. Help/force the government to prosecute them. I am sure you know who these 'comrades' are.

  • Erna - 2012-03-02 08:02

    Vavi for president.

  • Herman - 2012-03-02 08:05

    Anyone who steals must go to jail....why name and shame, the rubbish must rot in jail.

      mariuskowie - 2012-03-02 08:19

      Your plan simply won't work. When the inmates outnumber the citizens, they will just vote themselves out of prison. If the inmates are not allowed to vote, like in most sane countries, the plan is workable.

      Herman - 2012-03-02 08:48

      Mmmm, I see the dilemma Rebel, what to do, what to do???

  • Phumi - 2012-03-02 08:15

    The ANC lead government must reject the notion of trying to co-govern with the unions and Cosatu in particular. Being an alliance partner does not mean that we can co-govern! When was the last time Vavi spoke about issues affecting the factory floor workers and the miners in the private sector where many of his members are? Cosatu of late is behaving like an opposition to governmet and failing dismally in their mandate of protecting the rights of workers like we saw at Implats! Sometimes I feel like Mbeki can come back because this free for all alliance is not taking us anywhere!

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-03-02 08:20

    Those who steal our money (resources) destined for our services should be arrested for fraud and corruption. It is really unfair that we( the public) pay for all the corruption and fraud that is taking place in government. It now appears as if you want to be rich one must join politics or a political party (ANC). If you look at the life style of our politicians versus a normal citizen there is a huge gap. I thought the politician were representing our interest but it is now clear to me that I was wrong.

      Nigel - 2012-03-02 08:53

      @bheki, this is what happens when one party has a monopoly, they stop delivering & focus on themselves, why because there is no competition, they have 65% of the vote & they don't have to deliver, this is why it is long overdue that we have an honest, credible black led opposition in this country, as long as the ANC has a monopoly, they will not deliver, this is human nature & has been proven over & over again.

      Klaus - 2012-03-02 10:10

      Bheki, the magic word: Economic Sabotage = Theft of State Resources = Exposure in nearest stadion filled with State Employees, demotion, expulsion, court case, One Bullet to Brain, cost to Family of Thief, body used for scientific research, remains deposed in incinerator together with all other medical waste, end in Refuse dump or landfill.

  • Morama - 2012-03-02 08:25

    Vavi keep your big mouth shut please,your wife has labour broking company.Tony yengeni and a lot of your fellow corrupt ANC member of parliament had once been caught in travelling vouchers that were used fraudulantly,Jacob Zuma's friend(Shaik) is charged to have corrupt relationshiop with your president but only shaik got charged.According to this charge,it was two parties involved why only Shaik? PLease just keep your hole closed and eat the money as you all corrupt to the toe.You are selling those who you claim to be representing and due to their foolishness they just follow you!!!

      PB - 2012-03-02 08:55

      The saying " Talk Is Cheap..." comes to mind. If Cosato had the guts to stand as a separate party against the ANC, they would be more believable.

      Nigel - 2012-03-02 09:01

      I think you are confusing Vavi with Malema, but I agree with you about the ANC corruption.

  • TheJaydedKing - 2012-03-02 08:25

    If all the thieves were to leave public office there would be no one left to run the country.

  • eserfontein - 2012-03-02 08:36

    Those in positions of power caught with their hands "in the till" must voluntarily accept that they are selfish, inconsiderate bastards who helps drive our country to its knees.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-02 08:39

    I am starting to like Vavi more & more, I agree with him, the ANC is failing SA & Zuma had better shake his tree or get replaced in December, not sure by whom, as we all know, there is a leadership vacuum in the governing party. I wish Vavi would form a new party, the social democrats, & take his 2 million + members with him, the ANC is lost in their power drunk indulgences & is no longer able to transform this country in a way that will lead to prosperity & peace (for all).

      Klaus - 2012-03-02 09:15

      Nigel, if Vavi would toss his communist leeches, take his Honest Workers and form Social Democratic Party of South Africa (see German Model) he would have a very good chance, also dream to think, form a Coalition with Opposition Party's GOOD RIDDANCE cANCer!

  • Erich - 2012-03-02 08:51

    While you are on the bandwagon, Mr Vavi, why don't you start with the Madam Speaker of Gauteng (see report elsewhere on News 24)

  • Andrew - 2012-03-02 09:16

    All those in favour of voluntarily resigning from their cushion government position after being caugh with their hands in the cookie jar please raise your hand - just as I thought No One. Pointless Vavi Pointless.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-02 09:30

    I dont trust a word that comes out of this man's mouth, he has "calculating politician" written all over him.

  • Helen - 2012-03-02 10:25

    No Mr. Vavi. . . in the real world people who steal and commit fraud/corruption has to be charged and prosecuted. It is only in South Africa that we keep these thieves employed in government. Are the standards of South Africa so low that people get away with theft publicly? I guess the saying "daylight robbery" comes to mind.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-02 10:41

    NOT VOLUNTARILY!!!!! They must be arrested like all other suspects and do the court process until proven guilty/innocent! This aiding sand abetting by suspension on full pay and then dissappearing quietly into the night with full bank accounts is cr@p!

  • zenithdolphin - 2012-03-02 13:19

    The biggest problem is that with the new secrecy laws those exact infringements will be beyond scrutiny. I wish someone could put together a reasonably accurate table of corruption/theft/graft/tenders/fraud/arms deals/maladministration etc since 1994 and put a value to that so everyone can see, at a glance - how much money has been squandered on the road to where we are now, and who was responsible! It's a free for all for the "connected" and that includes white business, criminal organisations,politicians and their families and friends and even the police force...it's a farce, and we should be ashamed as South Africans to have let it get this far.

  • Itse - 2012-03-04 08:15

    Let's start with Jacob Zuma,he is guilty on all accounts:)

  • Helmut - 2012-03-04 08:26

    Mr. Vavi, how high up shouldthis go? It would have to include everybody in government. Why is it never mentioned in the budget how much money goes to Zuma and his family every year? The cost mentioned for the spousal support office, according to the biography ZUMA, was 4,5 million for 2005/6, 8 million for 2008/9 and 15,6 million for the following year! This is plain theft as far as I am concerned! Nobody forced the president to have multiple wives and enough children to form his own football league! Would he have carried on with his "extra mural activities" if he had been a tax paying citizen? Put that one in your pipe and smoke it Mr. VAVI!

  • Francois - 2012-03-04 10:17

    BUT, BUT, Vavi, why did you then not tell Malema to resign quietly? We all know that he is a tender crook. You okes are 2-faced and for that reason what you say to the press has no meaning and makes for boring reading.

  • Eduard - 2012-03-04 10:25

    I like what you say Vavi, but don't get your mentality (you vote for the thieves-ANC leadership & openly support them) So what the hell? Are you a chicken with two heads? Either start your own party or vote DA or even don't vote then. Let's be honest with ourselves here SA. Zuma is no leader, Malema is no leader, the ANC top structure lacks leadership. How can SA achieve a common goal under these thieving comrades? Unless the goal is to plunder this beautiful South Africa into the dark deepness. Are we (SA and all cultures, colours, shapes and sizes) not a team? Anyway, until the masses realize what these guys are doing, we are on a collision course!!! Here is an idea.....maybe you can blame this one on the apartheid government for not educating the masses

  • Kathy - 2012-03-04 12:00

    I wholeheartedly agree with Mr Vavi and agree that he clearly understands the problems. How much longer will it take the South African public to realise that the only way to start tackling this serious issue of corruption is to fight back with their voting power. However, the majority of our voters cannot do this as they are extremely loyal and forgiving of the ANC. Problem is that as the ship goes down the reality of their predicament will be too late to repair in their lifetime.

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