ANC must fix its house - Cosatu

2012-02-07 16:46

Johannesburg - The ANC must rediscover its "revolutionary morality", so its leaders can be selfless, honest, and live with integrity, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

The African National Congress had to "fix its house before it landed on its head", Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told 2 000 Gauteng shop stewards.

To do this, decent jobs, quality education, food security, healthcare, and crime had to be addressed as a priority, he said.

"We are saying we have got to succeed in these areas, because if we don’t succeed we can no longer be a fountain of hope that the ANC has been for the past 100 years."

Trade union movement

Cosatu is an alliance partner of the ANC, with the SA Communist Party.

Vavi said Cosatu had to stay united to achieve its goals, because it was through unity that the trade union movement in South Africa was internationally respected.

"Without our numbers and without our unity we are nothing. We are building this organisation so that workers can improve their lot in the work place and society in general."

Vavi said Cosatu could not be divided by people with agendas outside the organisation.

The Polokwane progressive policy framework also had to be defended by a united trade union movement.

Cosatu had to refuse to allow political paralysis on the framework and ensure the ANC remained in dialogue on the issues it covered.


He said tenderpreneurs represented a serious threat to the working class and those who thought they had an "ordained right to eat on behalf of the masses" had to be isolated and exposed.

"We don’t care who is involved. Don’t tell us we were together in Polokwane. We are not together in corruption."

However, Cosatu had to defend the ANC leadership as a collective.

Those tenderpreneurs who had put the ANC's leadership on the backfoot had to be stopped.

There was a responsibility to defend the collective leadership, not in a factional way, but as a whole in the ANC.

The issue of leadership had to be debated in the right structures, not on Facebook, Twitter, and in letters to the editor.

Vavi said it was premature to discuss succession in the ANC.

"It is not healthy to have an organisation where debate is on leadership and not on the programmes of the government," he said.

At the beginning of his hour-long speech, Vavi said the Eastern Cape government and the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union were on the verge of ending their differences and that an agreement would be announced on Wednesday.

  • bernpm - 2012-02-07 16:53

    Rich, coming from Vavi. Cosatu should get out of ANC and stand on its own hinds. Unity??? Pffffff

      Eduard - 2012-02-07 17:45

      Agree.... Why not form your own party COSATU????

  • Alva - 2012-02-07 16:59

    Sorry Vavi, you are asking too much! ANC too far down the road of greed and corruption!

  • Scouter - 2012-02-07 17:00

    "ordained right to eat on behalf of the masses" had to be isolated and exposed" I assume that goes for those who drink champagne on behalf of the masses at Celebration events, too.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 17:06

    That would mean doing some work Vavi u chop! Neva gonna happen, not with the likes of you and your cronies in Lithuli!!

  • ISO - 2012-02-07 17:09

    Cosatu=ANC AA, EE, BEE,BBEE,BBBEE do i need to say more! No equality! Rasicsts!!!

  • Andre - 2012-02-07 17:13

    Vavi allowed on the pulpit to preach his unholy actions in a holy place. What an abomination!

  • Scouter - 2012-02-07 17:16

    Cosatu's hypocrisy is truly mind-numbingly crass.

      Piet - 2012-02-07 18:02

      And thos power words, "revolutionary morality"...

      Scouter - 2012-02-07 21:36

      In this context, "revolutionary morality" is an oxymoronic term.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-07 17:20

    The "fountain of hope" has long since dried up! Its drier than the Sahara. Cosatu has an alliance with the anc but fail to use this to bring about corrective change with regards to corruption.Year upon year they cry foul but do little to rectify the situation. Hot air!

  • Ben - 2012-02-07 17:20

    Do not try to change them. Replace them.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 17:58

      With the DA, YES WE CAN!(and should)

  • Andrew - 2012-02-07 17:22

    Cosatu is part of the problem as they hang on to the ANC coat tails and call for strike action when the country is reeling from the aftershock of Euro crisis. Will Cosatu be brave enough to exit the alliance and stand alone? I doubt it !!

      Ben - 2012-02-07 17:40

      Andrew, if Mr. Vavi keeps on critisizing the A.N.C. it might get him somewhere. Blade did the same and look what it did for him. How can the leader of an alliance partner not be a minister.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-07 17:23

    The ANC leadership may well see the light one day. But until they repay the billions upon billions stolen over the past 20 years, and publicly apologise to each and every South African, they are not to be trusted.

  • Phumi - 2012-02-07 17:29

    We the ANC have our own internal structures to deal with our own internal problems and we do not need outsiders to tell us what to do. That is includes the members of the alliance! Where the problem is that we have too many cooks who think they know the ANC and try to influence us to abonden our agenda and tow their line. That will never happen in our life time!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-07 17:55

      And there willnever be an honest, law abiding ANC leader in our lifetime either, bunch of crooks

      Zebelon - 2012-02-07 18:11

      @Phumi : " abonden(sic) our agenda" - that agenda, of course, being the thieving and fraud that is perpetrated by ANC members who occupy employment positions in every sphere of government.

      Sharon - 2012-02-07 21:16

      phumi - phuma

      Lulama - 2012-02-15 14:29

      Phumi i suppose the Agenda is based on greed.....

      colin.langley - 2012-12-11 01:22


  • Glyn - 2012-02-07 17:31

    Why are you spelling anc and cosatu in capital letters?? They are anti capitalists!! Just remember... lower case for them in future!!

      Shirley - 2012-02-07 17:34


  • Comrade - 2012-02-07 17:42

    TO HELL WITH Both of you ...COSATU AND cANCer.

  • nthabiseng.priklopil - 2012-02-07 17:50

    Vavi, the reason it is not premature to discuss succession, is because Zuma has failed. Mandela has a legacy of unity and reconciliation, Mbeki - uniting africa and ZUMA marrying all women who come close to his vicinity. He is the bedroom spanker and not a county's president. If we do not start the planning now, then we are left with DA to vote which is not an option.

      ISO - 2012-02-07 19:28

      Tell me why would you not vote for the DA?

      Johnson - 2012-02-07 20:04

      I asked a person if he though Limpopo would be bankrupt, he answer was never. People see the ANC as hope - the rest see it as the biggest mistake in the history of this country. We are sliding back down the poverty ladder faster than you can imagine. The only hope for us is for the ANC to get voted out of power before it's to late- we are almost bankrupt, government has to take something to generate more money - your tax, the mines and this is how it will continue, We are still going to fight side by side black and white when the ship hits the rock. Its dangerously close at this stage - people look and learn (everywhere you go service delivery is of a third world country.

      Mantsho - 2012-02-07 21:04

      l think DA is a big threat to some of you, why you dont mention other paties like Cope,IFP or UDM. you like it or not DA is still going to rule SA.

      Sharon - 2012-02-07 21:19

      the illetirate have been trained to place their cross next to the cancer logo on the voter ballot,the other logos confuse the hell out of them,they dont even know which party they belong to

  • Zebelon - 2012-02-07 18:02

    We will tell you as it is, and this we will do on Facebook, on Twitter and in letters to the Editor; we will not be part of your political den of fraud infested ANC. They have gone too far for remedial measures.

  • Johnson - 2012-02-07 20:07

    Its not going to change - never ! ANC does not have the political will to do the right thing - they will blame their mistakes on apartheid and forget all the warnings given (listen, observe, learn make the right choice) dont complain about the ANC you voted for them

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-15 20:10

    The day this country permitted unions such as cosatu and striking, was the day our productivity went down the tubes. Just think of the millions of rands lost for every day the unions urge the workers to strike..this is not the way to build a battling economy.Striking should not be allowed, but it seems these workers revel in that enviroment of getting into a frenzy and become extremely destructive, no one ever seems to get charged for the damage and made to pay for it....I don't know..where are the solutions for this lands problems?

  • lhfick - 2012-02-24 08:06

    All Mulder did was to ask one question and the whole lot is falling over each other. I was looking forward to live in a country with 45 mil farmers. Now every department is in some kind of dilemma. The unions must look into this all pay and now work. Even if it means that VAT must be raised to fix these problems, but wait we can`t raise VAT then all of us will end up paying or contributing towards TAX even the foreigner or refuges that are streaming into ZA.

  • duncan.phopi - 2012-12-10 21:39

    cosatu can only be true champion of working class if it dissolve the close relationship it has with the anc ruling government. otherwise they will always be traitor or sell-out.

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