Viva Vavi Viva!

2010-07-06 07:31

At last, a senior figure from within the tripartite alliance that has the balls to stand up against the thievery and corruption that is slowly killing the “ruling party”, and our country.

Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), remains defiant in the face of political pressure from the ANC and their top brass.

Although, I do not personally know him, I can only respect a man who has dared to venture where all others - for uncertainty over the political fallout - have feared to tread.

Here is a man who the corrupt ANC heavyweights are too scared to touch, as he represents the biggest trade union in the country.

The expulsion of Zwelinzima Vavi as a member of the ANC would have brought disastrous consequences upon the ruling party.

At the risk of losing a third, if not more of the ANC voter base, they very quickly decided to drop the charges against Mr Vavi.

As I say, I don’t personally know the man, and have no insight into his long term visions for South Africa and what his views are towards the various race groups of our country, but I do admire him for having the courage to stand his ground and to speak out against government corruption.

To stand up and challenge the political fat cats who continue to line their own greedy pockets while the labour workforce of our country have to make do with the scraps from their masters’ table.

While I do not condone any unsavoury behaviour from labour union members during our hosting of the Soccer World Cup, there is something to be said about the “little guy” fighting for his/her rights against the “big guy”.

 I’d like to believe that Mr Vavi speaks for the labourers of our country who have begun to see the greed and lies of the ANC, for what they truly are.

Well done Mr Vavi for calling a spade a spade.  Well done for not backing down from the position that you hold, condemning government corruption.

Viva Vavi Viva!

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  • Bernard Black*@GT - 2010-07-06 07:36

    Good stuff tjomma

  • swinging sibanda - 2010-07-06 07:40

    you see the moral of the story is.......if you dont give me what i want, i am going to tell........on you.
    Was Thabo Amabakkie protecting Jackie Interpol????

  • MJ - 2010-07-06 07:48

    Respect, pity it's one man against the group. What is rather concerning is the small support base such an honest person gets when a thug like Malema gets 1000's. Lack of moral fibre as in the case with Selebi.

  • Thobi - 2010-07-06 08:01

    Vavi is certainly a hero to many and I applaud him for standing his ground. We need more leaders like him. You would think the DA would learn something!

  • Jacques - 2010-07-06 08:06

    Agreed. I often do not agree with their politics but the intelligence of the like of Vavi and Eirenreich, coupled with their inflinching fight against corruption is to be applauded.

  • NotConvinced - 2010-07-06 08:16

    Well, GT, remember that there was a time that the ANC seemed very rightous in their fight for freedom... They are all angels until they get their fingers in the pie (and gravy). Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The anti-corruption act is just a way to get to the power. Has his wife's involvement in SA Quantum been resolved yet?

  • @GT - 2010-07-06 08:17

    What about his corrupt wife?

  • 2BAD - 2010-07-06 08:17

    What a good letter. We need more of Vavi like minded people in the ruling party. People who are not afraid to say their say.

  • RealityBytes - 2010-07-06 08:21

    But before he was dissapointed by Pravin Gordon's budget speech (which didn't swing far enough to the left for his liking) he was bum-chums with the ANC and defended them in talks about corruption... Where does the conscience come from now? Saw that he won't get what he wanted from the alliance and now tries to win favour with the public by playing on ANC's weaknesses?

  • morena - 2010-07-06 08:23

    i want him to break away from the ANC then he will get my vote

  • Allan - 2010-07-06 08:24

    Well said ....unlike others he refused a position in Parliament and avoided a disastrous temptation 'if you cant beat them join them'. We all need more Vavis to keep the checks and balances in the structures b4 they get out of control

  • SIHLE - 2010-07-06 08:28

    I must say that was a good discussion that they had on 702 last night. I for one am an ANC active member and share the exact sentiments as Vavi. Viva COSATU VIVA SATAWU

  • monster - 2010-07-06 08:33

    You know I would love to see Vavi as the next President of SA..he has all the credentials, is a strong man and applies a strong moral and ethical code. Lets see what happens..he has to be well in the running after Jacob departs after his first and only term. Viva VAVI Viva!!

  • Dr - 2010-07-06 08:37

    Please china...Vavi protected Zuma when he had 700+ corruption charges against him. Corruption in the anc has been rife for years, but, only now he has decided to speak (so imperialist/ agent media was correct all along). They are corrupt, all of them! Never mind the fact he is holding country to ransom with strikes in every possible public service. Your analysis is that of a 5 year old.

  • WAV - 2010-07-06 08:39

    Time the Tripartite aliance broke up and we could vote in a true democratic election. DA does'nt have the balls, except in CT to stand up to the ANC. I support Vavi.

  • Coffee - 2010-07-06 08:47

    He's just trying buy face from the public. At least hes still a ANC member :)

  • Haibo - 2010-07-06 08:47

    Time for change, the ANC is like a bitter old man and now must be put on pension, we need a new dynamic party that looks at the well being of all especially the worker and unemployed viva the new party viva Vavi...

  • Fred - 2010-07-06 08:49

    Whatever you say. Worshipping politicians is a dangerous thing. Let's talk again in a few year's time when Vavi is offered a nice top job in the ANC. History has shown that trade union heroes are as opportunistic and conniving as any other dirty politician.

  • RobM - 2010-07-06 08:55

    Pity the country has to be blackmailed by unions all the time...

  • Matho - 2010-07-06 08:59

    Tell the poor what they like to know..but action speaks louder than words. Just have a look right and start with your wife..

  • Fouche - 2010-07-06 09:01

    Most sane people would support Vavi in his efforts to put the handbrake on ANC corruption, nepotism and thievery, but let us not get too excited about the man. Just remember who he is, and what he stands for... He was one of the first people to buy him a big, shiny BMW with taxpayer money when the "great car grab" took place not so long ago, as well as the huge financial "gains" that he and his family gets, through his position within the most powerful labour organisation in the country!
    Let us not kid ourselves, but admit it is a case of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend!"

  • nigel - 2010-07-06 09:17

    From what I can see, he seems to be the lesser of the 2 (actually 3) evils, the ANC is clearely corrupt & losing support, the CP is an insignificant hanger on, while Cosatu has 2 million memebers, enough to make a serious dent in the ANC vote, which they are aware of. I hope they ditch the ANC & start their own Labor Party, which will assume more maturity & responsibility as they become independent. This could be the beginning of a real democracy in SA & hopefully the end of poor governance & high corruption.

  • Jake - 2010-07-06 09:18

    Didnt like this vavi initially but must say i changed my mind...was once on a flight from JHB with him and he sat in economy class which came as a he has my support

  • ClintWestwood - 2010-07-06 09:24

    Who is this brainless imbecile called Tokwe? Your president is Juli-arse?

  • nigel - 2010-07-06 09:24

    @moderator (if you exist), why publish idiotic posts like the one from Tokwe, that contribute nothing to the topic.

  • Boondokker - 2010-07-06 09:24

    Slow down a little here GT. This guy is very much into self enrichment, as displayed in the trebling of his girth during the past decade - not to mention his silence on the strong allegations against his wife!!! Publically, he's all about the poor man but personally, he's all about himself.

  • Freddy Lesoo - 2010-07-06 09:26

    While i for one appluad the courage of Mr Vavi for speaking out, i am by the same breath, deploring clear singns of inaction that will follow. Talk is cheap anyway, taking the bull by its horns would have been more credible. If you have stage marches, do it, if you have fill up streets in united voices against these evil and hypocrit hands that fight over our fiscal till, do it, you surely have support of the masses than you ever imagined. Corruption destroys our socio ecomic fibre,, it completely erodes the status of our country as a fertile launchpad for coming generation! However, if truth be told, Vavi, what did you expect when you voted? You cant knowingly plough tomato and reap apples. It surprises no one that corruption and fraud are sky rocketing in SA since recent election. By the way a fish rots from the head. It makes you think, heh!!

  • @Tokwe - 2010-07-06 09:26

    You dear sir should be arrested for insighting violence. You are a coward and an excuse for a human being " Start with old people first"! You are a piece of trash!

  • @tokwe - 2010-07-06 09:28

    Tokwe who repesents the murdering part of South Africa! Behold tokwe the scum of the earth!

  • Cynical@author - 2010-07-06 09:32

    Vavi is a top Cosatu man and Cosatu is not a friend of the White man, generally. So I don't give a damn what Vavi says because he and his ANC comrades are all tarred with the same brush.

  • Sarah @ News24 - 2010-07-06 09:36

    News24 you have a moral obligation to report commentors like Tokwe @ 9.06.21am to the police. You have their ip address on record and as such he or she can be traced. Making threats against people of arson and potential harm is in the same league as making bomb threats in an airport. It is not acceptable that you give people like him/her a voice, they are simply a corrosive influence in our struggling society. Man up, and take responsiblity for some of the awful venomous stuff that is posted on your website, and perhaps, people will get the message that they can't just threaten or humiliate people as they are being protected by you and stay anon.

  • Don - 2010-07-06 09:41

    I really wish he would leave the alliance and take all his members with him, the ANC would then have some serious competition and maybe would pull their thumbs out their bums and do a bit of work and the likes of Tokwe Monster would see their little crook dissapear into the wood work.

  • Richie - 2010-07-06 09:48

    Why does he not sort out his own house first? I mean literally "his own house". Don't trust the socialist bastard anyway... not what this country needs, economically!

  • Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:04

    I was just playing. I appologise

  • Vovo@Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:07

    What about the houses, esp subsadised, that have been taken by foreigners?

    These are the real snakes. & Don't burn them, take them... else what's the dam use my man?

  • NEWS 24 send Tokwe IP ID to police! - 2010-07-06 10:12

    People like Tokwe need to be exposed for the venomous criminals that they are.

  • Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:15

    Dont believe everything you read. I was just messing around. I appologised if i offended anyone

  • Myself - 2010-07-06 10:22

    Hey, you people you are so much behind.Didn't you hear that Vavi's wife has resigned from her position seeing? Go Vavi go we need people like you who will stand against these currupt politician, who sees every opportunity to enrich themselves at the expense of the massess

  • XXX - 2010-07-06 10:22

    Vavi is throwing his weight around in an attempt to control the ANC, he is as power hungry as the ones he is accusing. Do not trust a communist driving a multi-million rand car that he did not pay for.

  • @ Tokwe, the toilet cleaner - 2010-07-06 10:23

    Shut up you stupid dummy and continue cleaning those toilets. You are nothing but a useless idiot. Oh and I will be awiting for you moron....bang, bang.

  • @ Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:24

    And I am going to start with your mother.

  • ClintWestwood@Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:28

    Stop messing around on this forum.Now go play in the traffic!!!

  • martin albert - 2010-07-06 10:35

    This is little off-base. Vavi has much to answer re his wife and the R60k she was earning for doing nothing. There is also the issue about credit card abuse if my memory serves me correct and his crony who lied about getting a free car and as per usual the alliance does nothing. If you are going to stand up and be counted your hands need to be very clean!

  • @Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:36

    When's the next school term starting again? Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the quiet trafiic, but the bored children who get into trouble because they have no responsibility for their words or action, are becoming a nuisance.

  • @NEWS 24 send Tokwe IP ID to police! - 2010-07-06 10:46

    News24 sees the IP of the internet service provider from which Tokwe abuses the web. They can contact the SP and ask them to locate Tokwe through their records (I would guess either Tokwe's daddy's home internet or his employers internet). Then they can "just play" court-court with Tokwe. It will be "just a joke" to be fined, fired or get a moerse hiding.

  • @Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:49

    You are a coward, first you state your objective and as soon as you are called to account you apologise, sounds like the ANCYL. An apology does not absolve you.

  • Vovo @ Those attacking Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:51

    He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones. Those asking to report Tokwe should first consider many of the racist & treasonous comments they themselves post on these very forums.

    What Tokwe said is stupid, & can be classed as criminal if you yourself are stupid enough to see it that way, but then again those making false statements about political parties, races, our nation can too be charged for various hate speech, inciting violence & even treason.

    Tokwe, just mask your IP address & enjoy yourself here. It will slow your machine down a bit but well worth it.

  • Timbaland @ Tokwe - 2010-07-06 10:52


  • Xolani@GT - 2010-07-06 10:53

    After reading your article, I could not help but wonder if you really understand the Tripartite alliance or do you just rely on media speculations for your information or lack of it thereof...

    You claim the ANC would have lost votes had they "expelled" Zwelinzima. You've got to ask yourself the simple question of how many people voted for the ANC solely because of Trade Union affiliation and how many people voted for other parties even though their respective unions were part of COSATU?

    I'm quite sure there would have been certain votes lost but very minimal not a third or more as you speculate.

    When the PAC and most recently COPE were formed, a lot of people, yourself included probably thought it was the end of the ANC as we know it ... I don’t have to tell you what happened thereafter.

    Until everyone realises that the ANC is way bigger then one man or its leaders, no party or person will be able to break down its support.

    I dont respect a leader who publicly bad mouths other leaders within the same organisation even though there are internal channels to address such concerns or grievances. He is no HERO but an attention-seeking individual who gets angry when things dont go his way.

    Just the other day he was shouting from the rooftops that all labour brokers should be abolished even though He knew very well that theMinistry of Labour was still attending to the matter. His actions resulted in a series of strikes and damaging of public property. Vavi is an irresponsible leader and remember you may like him now because his actions are favourable to your course but you will be singing a different tune in the next few months when his radical statements sends the country into mayhem.

  • Athena @Tokwe - 2010-07-06 11:02

    You were just playing? Remember, there is never more truth spoken when in anger or jest... (by the way, Jest is another word for playing around)