Vavi: What ANC is this where we are told a swimming pool is a fire pool?

2014-03-12 17:55

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Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the ANC that is running the country is no longer the party of Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and Chris Hani.

Vavi today addressed about 1 000 South African Democratic Teachers’ Union members with its suspended president, Thobile Ntola, in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

Vavi took a swipe at President Jacob Zuma saying that the current ANC was not the one he had joined and so fiercely defended in the past.

“Which ANC is this, where all leaders can defend the use of taxpayers’ money for R200 million upgrades to an individual’s home? What will Chris Hani, OR Tambo and Walter Sisulu say if they woke up to find the ANC in this state?

“What ANC is this where we are told an amphitheatre is not an amphitheatre but a wall with steps and that a swimming pool is a fire pool. What will Hani and Tambo say?” asked Vavi.

Vavi said he was suspended for speaking out against corruption in the ANC-led government where he has alienated some people with powerful allies in the federation and labour movement.

“I will never call a swimming pool a fire pool,” Vavi said of the Nkandla scandal.

With reference to Guptagate, he said under the ANC he had joined it would not be acceptable that “a family from India can come to our country and land planes at our national key points”.

Vavi said he would not support an ANC where corrupt practices were allowed to flourish.

He said it was worrying that people against whom the Public Protector had found, had made it onto the ANC’s election list.

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“If we are going to have an office of the Public Protector, it should be respected and taken seriously or shut down,” Vavi said.

Speaking in English and Xhosa, Vavi said it was a political decision to get rid of him.

“It is a political decision that Vavi, Ntola and Numsa must go,” he said.

Vavi also accused Cosatu leaders of double standards.

He said he had admitted and apologised for his affair with a young Cosatu employee.

“Some have four children with staff members. What moral authority do they have over me? At least I don’t have a child outside my marriage,” Vavi said to applause from the strong crowd.

He said he was prepared to fight for his political life in Cosatu and would not give in to his enemies.

He said none of the charges against him had anything to do with the reason for which he was suspended.

He accused Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini of having unilaterally taken the decision to suspend him.

He said the federation should pay for his legal fees as he was suspended as a sitting general secretary of Cosatu.

“The federation has hired lawyers for its case against me and I am saying they should be paying for my own legal fees. It was not me who called lawyers because I told them it was against the federation’s practice to bring in outsiders,” he said.

Vavi said none of the charges against him would stick as they were trumped-up charges aimed at destroying him politically.

“The court is going to laugh off all these charges,” he said.

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