Deployment: People 'behave like jackals'

2012-08-02 22:21

Johannesburg - Many people who are deployed to positions of power in the country often behave like "jackals", Gauteng Cosatu chairperson Phutas Tseki said on Thursday.

"We need to revolutionise our society to engage on the implementation of progressive policies, and take responsibility, and account to the masses," he told the Congress of SA Trade Unions 11th provincial congress in Johannesburg.

"There are people we deploy with a view they will lead our transformation agenda, [and when they] arrive in office they do tricks similar to that of the jackal."

He said many people in the tripartite alliance saw being deployed to a political office as a means of "self-actualisation".

"The masses of our people must be first. The masses are the revolution, not the leadership."

Tseki said the trade union federation was not a political party, and did not want to engage with the country as one.

"We need to declare that we are not a political party, and there is nothing in our policies that reflect us to be a political party."

Tseki said many members of the ANC-SACP-Cosatu alliance viewed the union federation as "oppositionists".

"Our strength cannot be oppositional, but is in fact due to the love of our allies and the country. We refuse to hide our heads in the sand when the leader of the alliance is indicating left, but turning right."

Whistleblowers suspended

He said five SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) members and their provincial chairperson were suspended for being whistleblowers.

"Samwu has reported many corrupt practices in our province and government is very slow in dealing with this matter," Tseki said.

"There should be an investigation and all those who are found to be in the wrong must do our government good by resigning.

"I think [former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey] comrade Mmezi did the right thing by leaving."

Tseki said if the alliance was "truly" involved in the discussion around the implementation of e-tolling system, the country would not need to worry about new tolls.

He said this was a sign that national liberation movements, including the ANC, were approaching right-wing positions. This was due to the "class character of the left axis of the ANC" not being maintained.

"Where was the alliance when the e-tolls were going through their conception, and where was the alliance when the country's inequality was worsening?"

He said Cosatu was disappointed by the government's response to the anti-toll march on 7 March.

"[Government spokesperson Jimmy] Manyi said, and I quote: 'Toll roads are a reality, not a bad dream'.

"Now who is dreaming? It is Mr Manyi who is dreaming?"

No clean slate

SA Communist Party (SACP) Gauteng secretary Jacob Mamabolo told the conference the party was "worried" about the state of the alliance in the province.

"The alliance is not at the point where it should be. There is a tendency of the state in the province to unleash terror on workers."

Mamabolo said the SACP would approach the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December with a view to "defend the gates of Polokwane".

The ANC held its last elective conference in Polokwane in 2007.

"There is no clean slate in Mangaung. We are carrying on with the tradition of Polokwane. We want the maximum unity of the alliance."

The conference accepted nominations for leadership positions on Thursday, but the top positions were all unchallenged.

Tseki retained his position as chairperson. Macy Sekaledi was the only nomination for deputy chair. Dumisani Dakile retained his position as secretary, and Pulane Mokgotsi was the only nomination for treasurer.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-08-02 22:29

    Every now and then, one of them sees the light. Before it is blotted out by a fat cheque.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-02 22:57

      Or they disappear and we never hear from them again:-( And if you read what Maphela Ramphele has to say about incapable, untrained people in parlement, you cannot help to agree. Read Maslow's hierarcy of needs and all will become clear....

      robert.doyle.712 - 2012-08-03 02:52

      SO TRUE

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-03 03:12

      But nothing will be done about it.

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-08-03 07:39

      All of this is talk by COSATU, you never hear them calling for to reform the system to stop deployment of people in the government. In SA there are people in the ANC holding two jobs and it's a conflict of interest but, nothing is being done about it.

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-08-03 11:42

      And Cosatu is no different...

  • Henk - 2012-08-02 22:42

    Criminals, not jackals....

      Willie - 2012-08-03 09:17

      i do not take any one from cosatu serious,they help this jakkals to get into power.why don't they organise a march to demand the firing of this jakkals. Pull the other one cosatu

  • claudia.meads - 2012-08-02 22:42

    African logic is at best a complete mystery. Can someone please explain to me how the hyena can criticise the jackal..?

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-08-02 23:08

    ' they behave like jackals' isn't that hate speech?

      tw2066 - 2012-08-03 05:28


      danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-03 07:02

      phillipm, you are right. However, the jackals (those on 4 legs) did nothing as bad as the deployed cadres. comparing the ANC swines to jackals may indeed be offensive to the animals.

      ari.potah - 2012-08-03 08:12

      It is an insult to jackals - noble beasts by comparison.

      Willie - 2012-08-03 09:18

      what hate speech

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-03 10:55

      No, unless it is spoken by a whitey? People are so sensitive in SA.

      phillipm.seopa - 2012-08-03 12:00

      Its like calling woman a snake, its totally unacceptable

  • 237christo - 2012-08-02 23:14

    Whatever. Jealousy makes you nasty. "I can see through you, see your true colours." - Staind

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-08-02 23:19

    All elected unopposed? Either they are all perfect (unlikely) or COSATU is not as democratic as it claims.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-02 23:19

    No no no. Please don't insult the Jackal,, these low life's are more like those big fat grey ticks you find on your dog. All they good at doing, is to suck the life blood out of South Africa for there own personel greed and status. They best part is,, they think that they are now part of the elite. Then presume they will never be caught. Shows you how you get blinded by yor own greed. More is never enough.

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2012-08-02 23:38

    Thanks God the "snakes era" is behind us. But the other animal missing in action next to the jackal is the pig. Mr Tseki can as well call them deployees "pigs" owing to their entitlement mentality.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-03 10:39

      ewe, these fools are living in the past.

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-03 00:24

    Phutas Tseki is going to be silenced very soon.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-03 10:16

      Yep, they'll deploy him somewhere cushi and he'll buy a beamer just like old toothless Blade.

  • joeballito - 2012-08-03 00:55

    Talk,talk, nauseam,all the "Leaders" can do in africa.And the sheeple follows these ignoramii. The verbal diaoria makes me want to vomit.All of them.What makes them tick?

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-03 01:33

    Simple solution, Chinese way, execution. But no, when the comrades are caught out then they get suspended on full pay and end up with a golden handshake. Only to come back in another position somewhere else.\r\nThere needs to be consequence. Our jails are full of people having committed small crimes while convicted criminals like Shaik , Yengeni, Winnie , Selebi etc are free. Public flogging and hanging would put a stop to this. Malema has got a grand lifestyle from tenderpreneurship and nothing has been done about it.

  • puli.kodisang - 2012-08-03 01:56

    jakalas is better.they behave like ticks,bloodsuckers

      jakes.cakedregs - 2012-08-03 05:18

      Puli - ngiyavuma so much with you! Not only are they parasites, they also cause society to become sick and infested with bad, immoral practices. They are like psychopaths without a conscience.

      dee.980 - 2012-08-03 11:54

      Excellent analogy! The best I've heard yet.

  • ruit.zwane - 2012-08-03 04:51

    That also happen in my country swaziland. God will answer us.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-03 05:07

    Jackals!!! More like a pack Hyenas on a carcass. The carcass been South Africa. Liberation milatant culture meets reality. Rerality is the Allaince has been bought out by the wealthy that bought us Aparthied. Liberation?? More like slavery to me.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-08-03 05:40

    At last we read that somone has a brain. That is exactly what this - each man for himself - and forget the rest. MONEY, MONEY!! this alliance should be disbanded - why would anyone in his right mind support a corrupt government?

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-08-03 05:43

    New broom.....sweeps clean in the beginning....after that the dirt goes under the carpet. Cosatu is always big mouthed.They are very good with that.But they dont do a damn thing...they still stick to the ANC like superglue.I believE they should stick to their see to their members t shirts at rallies and organising strikes when they run out of newspaper coverage......OR GET INTO POLITICS AS A POLITICAL PARTY.Dont try to be Big Chiefs and you only produce winds/become a doer instead of a sayer.

  • Nita8P - 2012-08-03 05:59

    Agrees that they shouldn't be compared to any animal. Just refer to them as anc members or cancers as most would call them. We'll know you're talking about the worst being/virus alive.

      Thelma Nkosi - 2012-08-03 07:33


  • john.cryink - 2012-08-03 06:38

    Cosatu is the last to talk how much damage did this "progressive" organisation do? Dirt thrown all over towns in factories people beaten up offices burnt. They truly "progressed" to socialist and communistic barbarisim.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-03 06:41

    Eish, what a joke this politicians have become. A spear,a used condom,now jakals. Throw in chuckey's bride (winnie) and you've got a blockbuster of a movie.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-03 13:06


  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-08-03 06:42

    Wasn't the struggle all about removing rules, regulations and policies like these? How dare you suggest we implement policies first introduced by white European colonialists. It took South Africa 17 years to strip society from these regulations!

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-03 07:02

    Some of these leaders see the light around election time, make a statement this then after being elected, like I suspect in this case, Phutas Tseki is going to Putsek and forget the speech that got him elected!!

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-03 07:11

    Some of these leaders see the light around election time, make a statement like this, then after being elected, like I suspect in this case, Phutas Tseki is going to Putsek and forget the speech that got him elected!!

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-08-03 07:15

    Cosatu must not generalise. It is the ANC that uses every opportunity to plunder in their own inteterest. It is the ANC that plunders and steals, not 'all people' in general.

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-08-03 07:25

    No animal deserves to be associated with these deployed cadres.

  • - 2012-08-03 07:37

    Interest Cosato should say that, because really they back the ANC yet they complain about the corruption. Why do they back the ANC same reason the SACP do because the ANC have power and been even though the ANC isn't for the workers and defiantly not communist suggests that the alliance is all about power of the leadership and not the people who vote for them!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-03 07:37

    This has been the whole downfall of the ANC and it has got exceedingly worse under zuma's presidency. Zuma came to power with a bad reputation, he owed many favours and hence he can do nothing. The cadres most of them are corrupt or absolutely useless and then they are moved around to make a bigger mess on another side. Those cadres who are aware of the rot are afraid to stand up or they are also bribed to keep quiet. This is going to be there downfall, greed and arrogance. Just look at the big cover up going on the the education dept, now the MEC'S are speaking up for me the whole bang shoot of them needs to be kicked out. Yet again she is a Zuma woman, so therfore he wont speak up against her.......Whats going to happen next another big scandel and so cover up cover up goes on.

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-08-03 08:07

    Interesting... This coming from Cosato?

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-03 10:40

      yea, the job destroyers, time the ANC kicked their butts out of the alliance.

  • Ze Don - 2012-08-03 08:13

    The masses of our people must be first. The masses are the revolution, not the leadership - Obviously NOT a student of history! This is, and always will be the communist way. Have a look at how it worked in the USSR, China and North Korea. The masses are cannon fodder and are worth less than dirt, only the elite are worthy and can't ever be questioned... Cosatu, time for a wake up call I think!

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-03 08:22

    Phutas you have not said anything new. The GS of COSATU, Vavi said the `cadres` were behaving like “predatory hyenas.” Your deployees also do the same thing when they join the ruling party and acquire the taste for the gravy and other finer things in life. Look at how arrogant Gwede has become. Tito Mboweni used to enjoy raising the repo rate, telling those who ate “fish fillet” to switch to “chicken wings”. What is disgusting is that COSATU will pontificate, but still encourage its members to go and vote for the jackals and hyenas. You, as the COSATU leadership and part of the Alliance, are just as equally blameworthy for the general decay that has reached unprecedented proportions after the Polokwane mob took over under the poor leadership of Zuma

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-08-03 08:44

      I suddenly like themba.thwala.98.....very much !Well said...very well said indeed !

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-03 10:15

      Now how's that for a perfect summary! Nicely said, Themba. Now why can't COSATU simply declare themselves a political party. Then they can give the ANC a run for their money... Will make for interesting times.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-03 09:33

    don't just fire these criminals..make sure they are arrested for long terms with no parole so they cannot enjoy the stolen money they stashed somewhere....we are tired of golden handshakes,redeployment nd suspension with full pay....make a harsh example of them and let it be known that stealing tax payer's money is a serious crime like any other crime commited by ordinary citizens

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-03 10:38


  • derick.coetzee.56 - 2012-08-03 10:40

    The markets are looking good, our boytjies are talking gold, and its friday...kom ons duik!!!

  • derrico.heus - 2012-08-03 11:26

    Like children in a candy store. It just shows you what a high opinion they have of themselves, and what a low opinion they have of their own race.

  • sesom - 2012-08-03 11:46

    Just like the top man...Get rid of them all ..J.Z.included.

  • isaac.petlane.7 - 2012-08-03 12:18

    Spot on Tseki…Incompetent and unqualified people are unable to deliver services efficiently and effectively. Competency and ethical standards are critical for an effective government administration. ANC's Cadre deployment strategy systematically places loyalty ahead of competence and is therefore a serious obstacle to SA economic development. Look at UG report about municipalities, when you go deep into the municipality that’s where we have a deficit of skills due to an impact of irregular deployments. So we don't have an even distribution of skills. Officials who are found guilty generally receive very lenient punishments such as written warnings, and these matters are not reported for further investigation and action. Government has to recruit and retain qualified professionals and not make them run away because of stressful working conditions caused by unqualified cadre deployees because this is adversely affecting the overall progress of South Africa.

      dries.appelgryn - 2012-08-03 14:21


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