News24

Vavi lauds Chris Hani

2012-04-10 19:01

Johannesburg - Slain SACP leader Chris Hani would have been militant about economic inequities but would not have tolerated disrespect for older comrades, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

"You would have insisted on discipline and respect for older comrades," said Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi.

"We know you would not have allowed the type of ill-discipline we saw and chose to conveniently ignore because it was directed at those we disagreed with."

Vavi was voicing his sentiments in a tribute to Hani on the anniversary of the SA Communist Party secretary general's assassination 19 years ago.

Vavi said standing on a chair and shouting down older comrades would not have happened if Hani were around.

"You would have been among those who insisted at the ANC [national general council] the ill-discipline must end."

At war with itself


Vavi said the people's movement was "at war with itself".

There was labelling, innuendo, careerism, opportunism, selective justice, cherry-picking on corruption, and the criminalisation of dissent.

"As a fierce democrat in your own right, we are certain that rather than throwing foul-smelling labels at fellow comrades merely because they share different views about the tempo and direction of our struggle, you would instead have encouraged widespread debate and discussion."

Vavi said Hani would have mobilised people against the "self-enrichment programmes currently underway".

He would have opposed "tenderpreneurs" and condemned "the mediocrity these factions impose on our people".

"You would not have tolerated those failing to spend infrastructure budgets just because they are in a faction you support."

He described Hani as the "most ardent spokesperson of the poor", who would continue to be an inspiration.

Hani was shot dead outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg on 10 April 10 1993, which nearly derailed South Africa's first democratic election.

Clive Derby-Lewis, then a Conservative Party member, and Polish expatriate Janusz Walus are still serving life sentences for Hani's murder.

Derby-Lewis provided the weapon and Walus pulled the trigger.

Comments
  • Piet - 2012-04-10 19:05

    He was a communist!

      donald.perumal - 2012-04-10 19:20

      What is wrong with being a communist?They live the way they believe and you live the way you believe.Which one is right,I suppose only God will know.But is it only about being right?

      Andrew - 2012-04-10 19:33

      He most probably be president now instead to Zuma. He had true leadership second only to Madiba. He would never have allowed the corruption and moral decline we have had to endure in the ANC. He is rolling in his grave!!!

      Oscar - 2012-04-10 19:35

      Vavi portrays him as everything that the current ANC leadership is not. Rewriting history and attributing fabricated virtues to fallen comrades are about the only things the ANC can do...I don't see how it is going to put food on the tables of the poor, but hey who cares, as long as we remember the past.

      hoyingomane - 2012-04-10 19:58

      Piet please email me your address at hoyingomane@gmail.com,will have 1 or 2 drinks.

      Glyn - 2012-04-10 19:58

      @ Donald Perumal - The trouble with communists is that if you do not like to live the way they do you are sent to the Gulag! They are not nice people! They are totalitarian! Poinyal? I work with Ukrainians who went through the whole communist extravaganza from 1917 to the Gorbachev perestroika. They DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO THAT! Period! Poinyal?

      Piet - 2012-04-10 20:15

      Why do you think to I want to go and drink with you?w

      Pule - 2012-04-10 20:24

      Piet,Yes Duncan is Black person so what?

  • Kolobe - 2012-04-10 19:13

    "respect for older comrades" what if these older comrades dont even respect themselves?the anc currently has the worst leadership and deserves insults

      Piet - 2012-04-10 19:17

      jip, still want to die for Zuma?

      Thando - 2012-04-10 19:51

      In Vavi's context it says respect th elders in th ANC for their contribution in th struggle.....NOT th narrow minded thinkn ur displayn here. U think in yo ryt mind wud u say tht some MKVA wer 'cooks'......it shows th political immaturity we hv in our ranks.

      Ken - 2012-04-10 21:19

      @Thando There's something wrong with your keyboard!

  • chikunga - 2012-04-10 19:14

    of coz he is referring to both Malema and Zuma.

  • aiazmir - 2012-04-10 19:33

    I have a growing respect for Vavi. Whan cmde Hani was assassinated I mourned not because I was a communist, but I believed his views would have added balance to the ANC. He was probably assassinated because he was passionate about the problems of the poor, and for that I will always respect him.

      Thando - 2012-04-10 19:43

      Ths was a true selfless revolutionary........i saw hm personally @ th bhisho massacre, he identified wit th plight of th poor. U hv ministers tht sleep in shacks for polularity ratings NOT bcoz thy really want 2. These media circuses r such a smack in th face of th poor. Im an ANC member but Im sooo hurt bwt th lack of apathy we hv fr th poor these days.

      Andrew - 2012-04-10 21:29

      Well said An observer and Thando

  • Thando - 2012-04-10 19:35

    Spot on cmrde Vavi.....

  • Ian - 2012-04-10 19:48

    Very true. Chris Hani would have stood this nonsense. As much as I support Msholozi, he is a weakest leader we ever had when it comes standing ground. How can you be the president of a big organization like this and have Malema and Floyd Shivambu piss on his head all the time? How can you be the president of the country and have people under you, loot billions of rands and there are no consequences? I think it is a good idea that Cyril Ramaphosa becomes deputy president so that he starts running the show. Zuma should just be ceremonial. Zuma has poor people's interest at heart but his education is his limitation. He does not understand the language of benchmarks, service level agreements and key performance indicators. Please Ramaphosa, bail us out!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-10 19:49

    Here we go again. Invoking the past. Fallen Comrades, Jesus and Ancestors. People are more afraid of having no work, nowhere to live, no means of supporting, educating and protecting themselves and their children. Invoking Hani (or any other fallen struggle hero) merely highlights the fact that there is no living, serving hero left.

  • hoyingomane - 2012-04-10 19:50

    The afrikaaner apartheid regime cost the nation a real hero but today they complain about every litte thing that the mighty ANC is doing.

      Karl - 2012-04-10 20:04

      ANC SAVED US ALL,Atleas we live in a freedom state now!

      Piet - 2012-04-10 20:16

      freedom?

      Adil Smit - 2012-04-10 23:34

      So why did you hzve to organise a service delivery protest?

  • Ian - 2012-04-10 19:50

    Very true. Chris Hani would have stood this nonsense. As much as I support Msholozi, he is a weakest leader we ever had when it comes standing ground. How can you be the president of a big organization like this and have Malema and Floyd Shivambu piss on his head all the time? How can you be the president of the country and have people under you, loot billions of rands and there are no consequences? I think it is a good idea that Cyril Ramaphosa becomes deputy president so that he starts running the show. Zuma should just be ceremonial. Zuma has poor people's interest at heart but his education is his limitation. He does not understand the language of benchmarks, service level agreements and key performance indicators. Please Ramaphosa, bail us out!

      Thando - 2012-04-10 19:53

      Give ths man a Bells.........

  • Glyn - 2012-04-10 20:01

    @ News24 - The trouble with communists is that if you do not like to live the way they do you are sent to the Gulag! They are not nice people! They are totalitarian! Poinyal? I work with Ukrainians who went through the whole communist extravaganza from 1917 to the Gorbachev perestroika. They DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO THAT! Period! Poinyal?

  • Lawrence - 2012-04-10 20:06

    point of correction comarade vavi! Give the youth a platform to participate in the running of your organisations and not shoot them down.hani was a youth militant until these same conspirators decided to silence him.what is this democracy you bragging about?

      Thando - 2012-04-10 21:00

      Point of correction ntwana......cmrde Chris died @ 51 yrs...hardly a militant youth. If th youth tht u want to run th organisation spew th drivel said by cmrde Magaqa bwt umkhonto wesizwe veterans assco, thn u hv sum coockoo brain.

      Ken - 2012-04-10 21:18

      @Thando There's something wrong with your keyboard!

  • Pule - 2012-04-10 20:18

    Vavi You will never be like Mandela,please utilize your own voice when you talk,Don't fake your voice because you just irritating me.

  • Morama - 2012-04-10 20:18

    Ohhh Please Vavi,Chris Hani is one of those who were behind the "Camp Quatross" and the likes? How do you suggest he was gonna be different to the present corrupt leaders who believe that South Africa owes them for their sacrifice during the struggle and therefore deserve rewards by stealing what belongs to the normal South Africans.Away with the murders away!!!

      khethani.nkabinde1 - 2012-04-11 06:16

      Indeed Vavi and SACP are talking about someone else not the Chris Hani I know...anyway what is the lesson to have been learned from Chris Hani by the present leadership and individuals within the alliance which would have benefited the ordinary people? Nothing except opportunism, corruption, carreerism, disrespect of people and undermining of their intelligence and total disregard of the fundemental values of national democratic revolution.

      khethani.nkabinde1 - 2012-04-11 06:16

      Indeed Vavi and SACP are talking about someone else not the Chris Hani I know...anyway what is the lesson to have been learned from Chris Hani by the present leadership and individuals within the alliance which would have benefited the ordinary people? Nothing except opportunism, corruption, carreerism, disrespect of people and undermining of their intelligence and total disregard of the fundemental values of national democratic revolution.

      Thando - 2012-04-12 00:08

      Lol.....u guys r on tik really, u thnk tht in MK camps it was rosy. Thr was a revolution going on.......all these victims, spies or not, wer casualities of war. Wil u judge Thabo Mbeki leadrshp on his vendetta wit Blade nd Pallo?....thy r jst pawns in a bigger game. These r politics.......NOT ps3 consoles.

  • Morama - 2012-04-10 20:31

    "Hani played a vigorous part in suppressing the mutiny. By his own account, 18 or 19 ANC members were executed. As the most senior figure on the spot, he did not countermand these acts. Nor did he mitigate Gulag conditions for the mutineers". Is Vavi talking about the same guy....he must kidding hey?We are not as dum as they thought we are ?

  • Ken - 2012-04-10 21:08

    Hani would have been the fattest cat ever!

      Thando - 2012-04-10 23:36

      Nothing wrong......all yo former ministers, presidents of th apartheid era either hv wine estates or commercial farms nd more......we wont b apologetic for th wealth we accumulate from hard work.

  • Nndweleni Mathase - 2012-04-10 21:15

    Vavi is playing a hide

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-10 21:27

    Well if wht Vavi says about him is so prestigeous, what is stopping the current SACP to fight for what they believe in as Hani would have if he was around? And I hate ths division tht is grwing bit by bit between SACP

  • Ken - 2012-04-10 21:46

    Hani would have had the House.....the Benzi.....the Speedboat...the Life!! He would have made JuJu and Vusi the wors king look stupid!

      Thando - 2012-04-10 23:31

      Thts th rewards of being in power nd he wud hv deserved it. U left out th sushi .........he was a revolutionary par excellence......had masters in economics, so yeah he wud hv deserved all wht ur sayn. Mark Shuttleworth cn hv it.....blck ppl who deserve it cant??......voetsek

  • Rosie - 2012-04-11 10:11

    Vavi, you are my hero, the way you think makes you a leader par excellence

  • pages:
  • 1