Will Vavi stand or disappear?

2012-09-15 10:53

Labour federation Cosatu will from tomorrow until Thursday hold its 11th national congress at Gallagher Convention Centre in Joburg.

The spotlight will be on its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who stunned the nation a while ago when he announced that he was not going to make himself available at this congress.

His remarks at the time sparked speculation about his future and influence in the tripartite alliance and beyond.

At one stage Vavi was linked with taking over the reins at the SA Communist Party (SACP) as general secretary.

However, this was laid to rest in July when Blade Nzimande came back from the 13th SACP national congress in Durban victorious after he was re-elected party leader.

Without fail, speculation about Vavi’s future continues to this day with some lobbying him for a position in the ANC national executive committee at the upcoming Mangaung conference.

He has appeared to indirectly validate this speculation by saying he will make himself available for the ANC only if or when he loses his position as Cosatu general secretary.

It is remarkable that Vavi, who is generally hailed for being honest and critical of President Jacob Zuma’s administration, is silent over attacks on his labour federation and its affiliates.

One wonders if the man suffers from selective honesty or perhaps he is afraid to rock the boat of his principals who promised him the world after Mangaung.

Is unseating President Zuma so important to Vavi that even when Julius Malema calls for the death of Cosatu, his silence is deafening?

If Vavi loses his seat this weekand goes on to lose ground together with his anti-Zuma faction, will he now team up with a new political party of disgruntled ANC members (as is the case in the movement), join Cope or walk straight into the hands of DA leader Helen Zille whose door is forever open?

Vavi has served workers with distinction, he should therefore refrain from tarnishing his image for narrow political gains.

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