SA progressing, but challenges remain – Zwelinzima Vavi

2013-11-13 10:50

South Africa avoided civil war and has made progress in achieving peace since the demise of apartheid, says suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

“We have made many strides that are worth celebrating since 1994. The biggest of them all is that South Africa avoided a civil war, and has made tremendous progress in achieving peace and friendship with our neighbours and the world.”

Vavi was speaking in his personal capacity to members of the Rand Club in Johannesburg yesterday.

He said the political violence that ravaged and displaced hundreds of thousands of people was no longer a feature of society.

“I do acknowledge that there has been lingering political violence, with a number of persons killed in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North West, Eastern Cape and at least one in the Free State, but the scale is nothing compared with the thousands murdered in the internecine violence of the 1980s and 1990s.”

Vavi said South Africa’s democracy was stable and election results enjoyed legitimacy.

“At the socioeconomic level, the country has massively improved access to electricity, sanitation services, housing and other social needs. Despite problems with the quality of services, we have to acknowledge that the scale of access to education is a far cry from pre-1994 levels.”

He said the state was directly responsible for ensuring, through the social-grants system, that over 15 million people were not living in abject poverty.

“In all of these areas, progress has been achieved. Today we can say without any fear of contradiction that the South Africa of today is not comparable to our ugly past and is a better place to live in, notwithstanding its remaining challenges.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.