Cosatu’s Vavi is furious with Zuma

2010-02-14 11:48

THE ANC and its ally, Cosatu, are heading for yet another colossal

clash set to further deepen cracks in the tripartite alliance.

This emerged after Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi called

for a lifestyle audit of politicians and senior government officials this


Vavi also expressed deep-seated concerns about Zuma’s state of the

nation address, following the president’s omission of key labour issues from his


Cosatu’s call for the audit can be interpreted as part of a

strategy to target some in the alliance who are against trade unionists and

communists as the race for the ANC leadership hots up before its 2012 elective


At the heart of the battles is the federation’s belief that the

political problems ­affecting the ruling party emanated from those “who had

amassed wealth in mysterious ways and attempted to divert attention from their

lifestyle to the challenges of leadership in the ANC”, say Vavi.

The ANC Youth League warned that ANC secretary-general and SACP

president Gwede Mantashe might not retain his position, should the league not

support him in two years’ time.

In an interview with City Press yesterday, Vavi said the group

(which is causing the troubles) was making “unsubstantiated allegations about

communists and unionists taking over the ANC. We decided to speak out on this

issue,” he said.

Vavi said this group, which he did not name, lived in expensive

houses. “Follow them to their homes and ask them where do they get the money to

buy those properties. You will get interesting answers.”

He further criticised the lavish parties thrown by the group

throughout the year. The group, Vavi added, thought that the struggle was about

the accumulation of wealth instead of uplifting society and ­defeating


The federation said it was concerned that Zuma had said nothing on

Thursday night about how he intended to “avoid exploitation of workers and

ensure decent work for all workers as well as to protect the employment

relationship, introduce laws to regulate contract work, subcontracting and out-

sourcing, address the problem of labour- broking and prohibit certain abusive

practices” as envisaged in last year’s ANC manifesto.

“The rapid casualisation

of labour is wreaking havoc with the lives of thousands of workers, as

relatively secure and well-paid jobs are being replaced by casual, temporary,

insecure and low-paid forms of ­employment.

Labour brokers are the chief drivers

of this process and we shall continue to demand that labour-broking has no role

to play in a decent-work economy and that government must legislate to ban it,”

the organisation said.

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