Cosatu rejects Malema’s advances

2012-09-06 12:57

Cosatu has rejected Julius Malema’s advances, saying the expelled ANC Youth League leader was trying to divide the labour federation.

Malema has spoken warmly about Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, telling the Mail & Guardian Online in an interview on Tuesday: “I have nothing against Vavi and will always support and defend him as a brother and comrade,” and, “He is the only revolutionary remaining in Cosatu.”

This came after Vavi publicly slammed Malema as “a wealthy, essentially right-wing leader, who demagogically exploits any perceived weakness to encourage workers to leave their union, their only means of defence”.

Cosatu said in a statement this afternoon it “dismisses with contempt” Malema’s attempt “to ingratiate himself with the leadership of Cosatu” by praising Vavi.

They said what Malema said “is not only totally untrue, but is also a blatant attempt to create divisions within the revolutionary trade union federation and thus weaken the workers’ shield and protector”.

Vavi is set to run for re-election at the labour federation’s congress later this month in Gauteng.

Malema has also criticised the National Union of Mineworkers, which is a strong supporter of President Jacob Zuma, for the problems at various mines, including Lonmin in Marikana.

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