Vavi: Cosatu to reclaim Rustenburg

2012-10-20 14:11

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) is going back to basics to reclaim Rustenburg, the union federation's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Saturday.

"It cannot be business as usual, we need to go back to basics as our 11th national congress has demanded," he told reporters after a special central executive committee meeting.

He said the federation would hold a rally in Rustenburg in the North West province next week Saturday.

"We call on all workers in the North West, and also Limpopo and Gauteng to attend a rally and reclaim the Rustenburg area from the forces of counter revolution."

Rustenburg has been engulfed with wildcat strikes in the mining sector, which had now spilled over to a factory in Brits.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-20 14:18

    Hehehe , goof luck with that, especially now that the workers have realized that they are merely your milking cows to pay for your upkeep and high lifestyle living!

      TSR01 - 2012-10-20 14:36

      See recent news article, Gold Fields fires 1500 striking miners after issuing ultimate to return to work. Of 23000 workers, all except the 1500 who were fired returned to work within the deadline.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-10-20 14:36

      the cra cks are widening!!!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-20 14:42

      Vavi,Tell the workers how much is your wages each month that you draw from the union (the workers contributions) every month and perks,ALL OF THEM

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 14:46

      It's R12 500.00pm, bro!

      walter.tgsa - 2012-10-20 14:51

      @joe.smith.549: That may well be the income for 'income tax purposes', the question is, HOW MUCH IS THE REST?

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 14:56

      I was joking!

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-10-21 01:16

      @Bongani. The relationship between Solidarity and it's members is rather different than COSATU (NUM) and it's respective members. You know, that entire hacking / burning / murdering thing that COSATU and it's affiliates & members are so big on never caught on with Solidarity.

  • lownabester - 2012-10-20 14:19

    Vavi, dream on, The money has stopped from the miners??? You sound like an idiot.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-20 19:19

      @Leonardb1 - apparently 'counter-revolution' means everything they don't like/understand. Their pre WWI ideas are of course far better and people must just continue to struggle for these ideas, no matter what. COSATU and NUM have been very publicly embarrassed by their own members, who've just found out it was all a load of codswallop. Now they're STILL trying the 'hearts and minds' route when the entire Alliance has proven over and over again that they have neither.

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-20 14:23

    It was all about you and power all along Vavi, innit? never about workers rights, including their exploitation in terms of wages.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 14:24

    You should never have forgotten the basics. Basically, the hand that feeds you!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-20 14:30

    You never condemned these strikes and at point actually endorsed it,the members now rightfully see you in the privalaged position you are in, make no mistake that I do have a problem with the workers demand and how they are acting but you fighting the fight while you are in a better position in the way you can afford to live and then you make decision that will for years negatively effect the needy - 25% or should I say closer to 40% unemployed that because of you will for a long time not get a job. You cannot offer workers more than what is sensible but yet you condoned this ridiculous demands at some point! Chickens coming home to roost!

  • Sabata Leeuw - 2012-10-20 14:32

    We have woken up vavi, you sold us for far too long

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-10-20 14:32

    Hmmm? wonder what the Luthuli House deploying team has offered him? Clearly it becoming apparent to the ANC voters and supporters that all is not well.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-20 19:08

      Now go and reclaim sanral while you are at it..

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-20 14:37

    Just do it big mouth, but take your friends with. Send Zuma a special invitation, nothing to be scared of Helen Zille will be in Cape Town.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-20 14:38

    Feeling a bit left out now Vavi now u want people to take time off work to attend your rally really it better be over a weekend these same people have just been on strike and can't afford to take any more time off!!!!

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 14:40

      And at one stage he thought he was really powerful. Let this be a lesson to others!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-20 14:53

      I just wish the workers would realise that the Unions are just enriching themselves and cancel their membership and work directly with the employer!!

      mullerier - 2012-10-20 15:02

      Indeed Terrylee.....let´s party away...SA now has a 25% change of becoming another failed state in Africa....once the bright star on this continent! Where did all the economic structures of wealth creation (once actually existing, here right alongside affirmative action) ...what happened to these structures? Who got rid of experienced professionals, before getting them to share skills and experience.....I suspect, a lot of SA born professionals in England, Australia and Canada would have much rather shared than leave....

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-20 14:51

    Make sure u drive an old nissan bakie, stones fall from haven in those areas.

  • mullerier - 2012-10-20 14:53

    A bit late in the day....I would say!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-20 14:58


      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 15:02

      Don't be nasty, Hermann. He didn't realist the tide can turn!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-20 19:21

      @joe.smit.549 - fascinating that for all the history they're forever quoting and so determined to remind us of, that they are totally blind to the history of their ideology the world over in the last 100 years.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-20 15:09

    For what good reason r u goin to deliver 16 000 thats what they want,if u cant then head to Mangaung don't bother... They pelted u with rocks yesterday bcos cos u cudnt deliver 16 000.. U failed in your mandate u r so obsessed about ?Zuma survival u forgot ur bread and butter...

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-20 17:20

      Not even God can deliver the R16000, so lets not get too carried away. If the workers were smart they wouldn't ask for ridiculous increases.

  • markus.esterhuyse - 2012-10-20 15:15

    Dear Mr Vavi, I really had a lot of respect for you! Not any more! You were the one that spoke out about corruption and the way the ANC is running SA into the ground! The whole issue surrounding the R250 mil spend on JZ home and you have not questioned it why? So the etoll is also just lip service! You have no balls! Why do you support a second term for JZ who's lap dog have you become? SHAME on you! I hope that they chase you away like a dog again and the miners support a small union! You are a joke! Your word means nothing how do you face your family knowing that you are spineless?

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-20 16:25

      Double standards!!!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-20 19:42

      Spoke about, did nothing about. Along with all their ideologies that they've kept people on the hook with for the last 40+ years. And now, instead of admitting the model is flawed, they are stubbornly deter-mined that they are right and all the people out there suffering and struggling are wrong to be p'd off. It's called fanaticism

  • richmahahalaji.mashimbye - 2012-10-20 15:18

    Conflict resolution knowledge is absent in the present ruling ANC-led alliance. Pasop the machete!

  • ljmostert - 2012-10-20 15:19

    The fees are not coming in from the workers! Benoude kat maak benoude spronge!

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-10-20 15:28

    ah Vavi , get JUB JUB Malema to help you

  • pedrosa.matjeni - 2012-10-20 15:30

    How will you reclaim Rustenburg because you failed Marikana miners.You could have avoided bloodshed in Lonmin,instead you were busy drinking irish coffee and interfering in political matters rather than labour issues.You deserted workers,you failed to banned labour brokers.Now that some new unions are mushrooming,you are worried about floor-crossing.Infact what you are saying,its just a lip-service.\Wa tswafisa\

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-20 16:07

      There's some truth in this, but I believe Vavi is genuinely concerned that "mushroom" unions are "mushrooming" unofficial strikes and putting jobs at risk. The ANC is at fault for not backing COSATU with State-paid conciliation councils. The ANC worries about grass-root votes and cadres' shareholdings, and because these interests are irreconcilable, sits back and watches the carnage.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-20 15:38

    "counter revolution"... yeah, that's what it's about

      blip.noodlum - 2012-10-20 21:09

      Anyone opposed to Vavi's empty sloganeering rubbish is a counter-revolutionary. That's about 48 million people in SA.

  • sam.husseni.1 - 2012-10-20 15:41

    My Fallen hero Vavi forget about the "RECLAIM" Workers are pissed off with you and Zuma. You endorsed him and u want him in power at all cost. Your federation is going down. Workers are tired with your double standard man. You will be chased away again. Mark my words. You will be embarrased

  • heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-10-20 15:45

    Then: "we fully support the strike action" Now: " we have to reclaim from the forces of counter revolution.". Didn't go your way, now it's counter revolutionary? How?

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-10-20 15:51

    Since you endorsed Zuma for second term mr vavi you are no longer in my books. question I have:how can I get you out of my salary?

      tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-10-20 17:12

      Am also asking myself the same question. They are both corrupt, am sure he got some shares from Zumas corrupt activities

      blip.noodlum - 2012-10-20 21:12

      Resign your membership of your Cosatu-aligned union and join a non-Cosatu one instead. (Or put your Cosatu union fees in your own wallet to spend as you wish.)

  • chule.qalase - 2012-10-20 15:54

    What do all politicians take people for??? How do you dismally fail to lead and expect to be followed? I wonder also whether those who want this failed leadership of the ANC to continue whether they are beneficiaries of the corruption or are really interested in nation re-building!! Pissed for ages!!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-20 16:06

    Vavi had better arrive with loads of free T shirt and loads of free KFC. While the miners are chomping their chicken he had better say what he has to say to win them back and run for his life before the chicken runs out. They going to stone him again......ha ha ha this is sooooo funny. Dogs (just a figure of speech) turning on their master.

  • timothy.mbele.3 - 2012-10-20 16:08

    It is Vavi's fault that Zuma was never tried for his corruption charges, it is Vavi's fault that Zuma is president, and it is Vavi's fault that Mbeki was embarrased and accused of conspiracy against Zuma. Why should we still listen to him?

  • SharonE - 2012-10-20 16:09

    What is going to happen next Saturday? Are the pro and anti Cosatu members going to have a showdown? Vavi must remember that this won't be as easy as the little stunt against the DA - these people have shown that they are willing and able to commit murder. Don't forget to take your helmit, Vavi - you might need it!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-20 16:14

    Everybody must get stoned!!!

      Tyrone Grobbelaar - 2012-10-20 20:25

      LOL. Bob Dylan and I agree with you. They'll stone you (Vavi) when you're trying to make a buck.

  • janis.moolman - 2012-10-20 16:42

    Hope they stone yout again

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  • janis.moolman - 2012-10-20 16:44

    Thatbis so true

  • ekke.oupa - 2012-10-20 17:58

    In this country there are too many chiefs and too few indians. Everybody wants to control everything. Too few that are prepared to keep the gears working.

  • mmashamaite1 - 2012-10-20 18:14

    What will a rally achieve?its not like Vavi is not aware of the workers' issues what he must do is address those challenges not throw a party!going back to basics Mr Vavi means representing the interest of the workers not of government or capital.stand up and do ur job that is being the vanguard of the workers

      Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-10-20 23:37

      Getting to a point warra!! workers r actually fed up.

  • zebsonm - 2012-10-20 18:36

    mhlkazi makes me shrink with laughter,how does he hope to achieve that i mean having a rally with digruntled workers? jus know of somebody who wanted to achieve the same after people had said loud and clear that they had had enough of him, only he had a marauding youth brigade,ruthless war veterans,the army and the police on his side.does vavi have those at his disposal? jus asking.what has really changed to expect a change of heart from workers?in my view nothing and if anything this have gone from worse to serious.

  • 0001000ghost - 2012-10-20 18:39

    Reclaim? You guys seem to Win, then Loose, then turn it into a struggle, the blame whites, then struggle some more, then appoint more incompetent leaders, then struggle some more..I'm getting tired of it just by writing it, I'm so happy to just Vote DA and no more struggle :)

  • john.cryink - 2012-10-20 19:32

    vavi make cosatu an yourself disappear

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-20 19:56

    Reclaim,you think its about you or cosatu I thought you better than that .we join union to be protect and represent us to companies not make numbers to fail union like cosatu .reclaim my foot

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-10-20 20:07

    It is just a matter of time that the "Unholy Tripatite Alliance" will crease a decent guy like Vavi the wrong way!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-20 21:06

    Vavi's useless leadership has seen Cosatu -- reduced to little more than a slogan-chanting puppy of the ruling ANC regime -- become irrelevant. Vavi can see his own fatcat wages dissolving away, and he's in a panic.

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-21 02:05

    Ha Ha! Vavi sounds like a very aggrieved DA! Not used to being on the losing side?

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-21 02:06

    Carry on dodging the stones, Vavi.

  • tszigah - 2012-10-21 07:36

    Vavi is day dreaming now, this is suicide mission and I wonder which workers from all these provinces he's talking about will attend that rally. He got stned

  • wally.williams.148 - 2012-10-21 10:59

    The strikes cannot be tolerated and are being criticised by the very same institution that never pauses to call for a strike over the most silly of demands at time, causing damage and turmoil. I agree with the notion...the rationale behind it though is questionable. The alliance is trying by all means to get all workers to rally behind it and not step out of line. Why? Have a look at who really do benefit from the mines; who are being protected by the silence and seeming inability to deal with the strikes comprehensively. The fallacy of their lies are to be exposed, and Messrs Ramaphosa and Sexwale among others in very high ranks and structure cannot afford to be exposed. Ever wondered why NUM, affiliated to COSATU, did not join the strike? Go and read and research the issues within our mining industry. And then, yes, Mr Vavi and Mr Nzimande and so forth are not ashamed to have their big bite at the cherry - according to the so-called handbooks, or not in some instances. That is the typical scenario found within socialism - so, I say again, come out and tell the ppl on the ground where you are heading, and exactly what socialism REALLY is. Tell them about the USSR, East Germany and Tsjeggo-Slovakia, show them pictures of the conditions and quality of life, tell them how development was stifled and lagged more and more behind. Break the disillusionment you created over time and through indoctrination. Ppl are not stupid.

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