Vavi responds to debate

2012-09-19 07:33
Zwelinzima Vavi (Loanna Hoffmann, Beeld)

Zwelinzima Vavi (Loanna Hoffmann, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said there was consensus on where the federation was going, although some delegates appeared to disagree.

"There is complete consensus in terms of where we should go to moving forward," he said on Tuesday.

"Everyone is saying we need unity... we are going to have to drop the baggage of pre-yesterday and move forward as a united movement."

Vavi was responding to debate on a report he presented earlier to the Congress of SA Trade Union's 11th national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Affiliates of Cosatu spent the afternoon debating the report.

Vavi said the input from affiliates on the political report "falls into the trap of denialism to the extent of the problems at hand".

Unemployment, poverty and income inequality in South Africa could not be termed "challenges" but should be seen as "crises", he said.

A delegate from Popcru interrupted to complain that Vavi should summarise points made in the debate, not debate it himself.

This led to a heated argument among affiliates about Vavi's input. He then cut short his response.

The congress resolved to continue the debate and take resolutions on the report on Wednesday.
The congress ends on Thursday.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  johannesburg  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics

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