Alliance is best force for liberation - Vavi

2010-12-04 10:04

Johannesburg - The alliance between the ANC, Cosatu, the SACP and Sanco, remains the biggest and most representative force for national liberation, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Friday.

"We are all separate, independent organisations, but are bound together by deep-rooted beliefs and principles and a common history of struggle for the goals which were laid down in the Freedom Charter," Vavi said in his address to the ANC local government conference in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"That document, as the opening sentence of your discussion paper says, 'has consistently guided the approach and values of the National Democratic Revolution'....We must never forget the incredible achievements of our alliance.

"Together we crushed the apartheid dictatorship and have enjoyed 16 years of democracy and peace. Together we have produced a democratic Constitution and numerous laws which have given South Africans basic rights, to freedom, dignity and equality."

Vavi cited examples of how the ANC government had improved the lives of South Africans thus far.

They had increased the number of households with access to piped water by 89%; to electricity and lighting by 80% and sanitation by 68%, he said,

"In 1996, only three million people had access to social grants; today the figure is 15 million and rising. It has built 1.6 million subsidised houses and provided 1.9 million housing subsidies.

"No other party could have dreamed of achieving as much, and we only have to look at the Western Cape, to see the nightmare we can expect if the Democratic Alliance were to gain any ground next year."

He said the mass eviction of poor communities and the "open toilets saga" are two best known episodes in the "DA administration's war against the working class and the poor".

"The DA will always be the party of the rich and privileged, with no time for the interests of the majority.

"All the other opposition parties are in total chaos. If they cannot sort out themselves, what hope is there that they can do anything to improve the lives of our people? No, there is absolutely no alternative next year to the ANC."

Cosatu's two past congresses had said the federation would "not give the ANC a blank cheque" and would refuse to campaign or support candidates known to be corrupt or lazy.

"This is a call on the ANC, working with the alliance and the masses of the people as (a) whole, to ensure that the candidates selected meet a strict criteria of integrity and high moral standards. Already, if the ANC puts into practice the processes it has outlined, it will help us achieve this objective," Vavi said.

  • Leeutjie - 2010-12-04 10:30

    My opinion of vavi just took a huge big knock. Is there no leader with savvy and common sence in this flippen place?????

      lean - 2010-12-04 11:35

      ANC, Cosatu, the SACP and Sanco.They are the OLD Africa! Zuma, Malema, Vavi - Pathetic Angry Traditionalists -, taking the country and their pips backwards! My question is:" Can we fo goodness sake, fined at list 1 Intelligent, Smart, Modern, Educated Black man with the larger brain in SA, to lead this country?

      allie - 2010-12-04 17:58

      @Vavi. are you not liberated yet.?When are you going to stop struggling? Get a life my man.Leave those corrupt uncles and communist friends of yours.

      mrdanger006 - 2010-12-06 11:16

      this is a extremely 1 sided atricle.

  • PANNEVIS - 2010-12-04 10:32

    F*@k, this guy must live in a different world than I do or else, he is just a blatant liar. One can only laugh at these rediculous statements! How do they contradict themselves by saying that the WC is in chaos - yet they now want their dirty hands on the Garden Route (maybe they want to save it from poverty LOL). This conference surely was a meeting of clowns?

  • Jacets - 2010-12-04 10:43

    I thought the liberation struggle was over. What do be need liberation from now? Who is going to be the new Heroes? Malema...?

      Proffie - 2010-12-04 11:13

      My thoughts exactly Jacets. Liberation from what? Apartheid ended 20 years ago, ANC have been in power for 16. These idiots can't organise a piss-up in a brewery, can't run a bath...never mind a country. Get your act together arseholes, and do something constructive, like getting service delivery done instead of talked about. Idiots united, the lot of them.

      WhyLikeThis - 2010-12-04 11:26

      I think this dumb was talking in his sleep.

      ArtGee - 2010-12-04 14:51

      Proffie.. they DRINK A BREWERY DRY!

  • william.botha - 2010-12-04 11:16

    Still struggling, still have the liberation mentality? Just precious. Liberation from what? Law and order?

      U1 - 2010-12-04 13:38

      They are so one sided if they don't have a struggle, they don't know what to do. Fighting windmills......... ala Don Quixote,

  • Drewster - 2010-12-04 11:26

    The DA created more jobs in the Western Cape than the ANC did in any other province but Vavi stick with the ANC. Is he looking out for the interests of the workers by sticking with the ANC?

  • whabig - 2010-12-04 11:30

    They can only keep on winning the fight if they keep on fighting for liberation.. Nevermind if they won it years ago or not. The Americans have proven that WAR is a lucrative business venture. I agree with Leeutjie, Vavi seemed like a sensible man but he's obviously now focussing on his political (business) future.. I've always known money is important but the fact that SA's political leaders repeatedly flush their morals down the toilet for a financial leg-up never seizes to amaze me.. If you were a young person with political ambition.. would you, at the end of your career, want to be seen as "a Mandela" or "another Thabo Mbeki"...? Seems obvious yet every leader follows in the footsteps of Mbeki..

  • Joe - 2010-12-04 12:03

    A real alliance of wankers. ANC, Cosatu, the SACP and Sanco And the pathetic, uneducated fools just keep voting for them and supporting them.

  • kaydgrant - 2010-12-04 12:13

    Wake up Vavi....The people have been liberated.........the NEW revolution is against the corrupt ANC government officials who are stealing money that should be used to uplift the poor

      saggi - 2010-12-04 13:35

      I concur commander! Though I feel when he refers to liberation, he means "Liberation of FUNDS"... so, he ain't no liar after all! Folks, we need to accept that there will NEVER AGAIN be any white folk on the SA throne... as the other chap said - Finding the RIGHT PC representative is the only answer! These parties cannot talk "Struggle" & "freedom fighting" as though it were still an ongoing affair... and in the same sentence commend the "Peace bla bla". Comrades... Are we at war or not? The investors and I have become confused?

  • Marinella - 2010-12-04 12:43

    They had increased the number of households with access to piped water by 89%; to electricity and lighting by 80% and sanitation by 68%, he said ..... WHERE YOU ARE LIVING MR. ZWELINZIMA VAVI?????? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?????? The alliance between the ANC, Cosatu, the SACP and Sanco remain the biggest and most corrupt force for South Africa country and just your Bank Account!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Boerseun - 2010-12-04 13:01

    Vavi, what dignity are you on about? Wake up and go see the "dignity' at work in squater camps. under the millions of umemployed, the destintute, street must be blind to even remotely think that the ANC or your sickly organization has done naything good for most people.

  • DeonL - 2010-12-04 13:28

    It is a disgrace that 15 million people are receiving grants! This is not something to be proud of, the alliance are making the masses even more poor than before.

      hamcando - 2010-12-04 13:55

      exactly what i was thinking. 15 million on grants cannot be a good thing, I wonder if he mentioned what the unemplyment rate is?

  • G.du Plessis - 2010-12-04 14:04

    Do any of you think the DA can take the Northern Cape or P.E.?

  • muttlet - 2010-12-04 14:14

    I read something for my postgraduate class that was quite applicable for this government. Three guesses who wrote it.

  • muttlet - 2010-12-04 14:22

    "If one of these people is forced to give up his post, he will immediately try to crowd into the waiting line again, that is, unless he is prevented by the yelling and abuse from the others. The result is an alarmingly rapid change in the important posts and offices, and the result is always bad and sometimes catasrophic. Fools and imcompetents will not be the only victims of this custom, but the real leader will be affected if Fate can still manage to put a true leader in this position. The moment people recognize him, they form a united frontof resistance, especially if someone of any intelligence intrudes on this group without rising from their own ranks. They want to keep every position of power among themselves, and they hate every mind which might be a "one" among all the "zeros". They may be dimwitted and slow in other areas, but in this one, they are sharp and focused. The result is an ever-spreading intellectual wasteland in government." The answer will surprise you.

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-04 14:50

    Wierd how he chirps about all the SHORCOMINGS the "WEKKA'S" are suffering under... but the MAIN CAUSE is his TRI-PARTHEID CONNECTIONS, the ANC!!!!!! Ok maar lekker stupid!

  • Carl Muller - 2010-12-04 15:02

    Working together to enrich the few..... Corruption is not an answer....and that is what we have...

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-04 15:05

    South Africa's population is... 50million? If a family consists of 5 per family (conservatively speaking) that would read 10 million families! If the govt gives EACH of the 10 million families a sum of R1,000 000, that would be a payout of R10m? Correct? Now if the govt pays that money into a FAMILY bank account, whom in turn pays out a figure of approx R3000-00 a month, for the 1st year, that would leave approx R900 000-00+ in the bank, which will be paid out on a monthly bases. This will ensure the FAMILY has capital in the bank, and they can live off the interest for the rest of their lives!!!! Should there be no father or mother, this has to be controlled by the bank. Should the father pisss off, the funds are paid back to the govt, and the family LOOSES OUT TOTALLY! No further grants! This will enforce that families REMAIN together, and the GOVT does NOT have to pay out ANY SOCIAL GRANTS!!!!! If the family remains as a unit, maybe the moral standards will be IMPROVED! Instant SOCIAL UPLIFTMENT, for R10 million!!!! Think it is a KUK idea?

      judydog - 2010-12-04 16:35

      10mil x 1 mil =1billion. where did you go to school?

      Lestor - 2010-12-06 05:53

      lol what is wrong with you guys? anc education? 1 million * 10 million = 10 trillion. thats 13 zeros. Its not hard to do in your head, 6 zeros plus 7 zeros = 13 zeros = 10 trillion. Or for our European based friends who may prefer the European word 10 billiard (trillion is the American name). Im pretty sure that amount isn't feasible. The original poster didn't think and makes the assumption that there are only 10 families in South Africa and Julydog is either being ironic or chose the wrong subject to correct people on. 6 zeros = million 9 zeros = billion 12 zeros = trillion 99 zeros = duotrigintillion

  • muttlet - 2010-12-04 15:13

    The answer is: Mein Kampf

      YasButIDunno - 2010-12-06 07:03

      Good one Muttlet! Maybe AH wasn't so crazy after all, at least in the beginning.

  • Mundu - 2010-12-04 16:54

    Now you can cry beloved country. No hope left.

  • dreyer.lotter - 2010-12-04 19:36

    Very nice - who is paying for all this social grants - water - electricity - houses ???? this is not sustainable - please wake up

  • emile.marais - 2010-12-04 20:34

    Communist propaganda.

  • PerciusJcksn - 2010-12-05 01:36

    Just another ANC puppet on strings.... to all those blue collared workers out there .... has your quality of like really improved....or does Vavi jus want to have some Moet with Juju....which reminds me what do u drink, ANC is screaming to its people "LET THEM EAT CAKE"

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-12-06 07:29

    I wonder where he got those percentages from, I think one of his OBE speechwriting clerks put the decimal in the wrong place. Anyway whatever is coming out of the taps isn't water, they now have piped cholera thanks to no maintenance and the purge of competent whites from those services during the past 17 years. If Vavi had any credibility he'd be talking to Zille and deLille about an alliance with them, so as to spread the progress of the WC to other parts of this corrupt, benighted country.

  • mrdanger006 - 2010-12-06 10:30

    2 things the DA got wrong, and he highlights it. i dont think 100 comment sections would be enough to highlight all the failures of the anc. get over yourself vavi.

  • maseratifitt - 2010-12-19 19:48

    Mr. Vavi : The people of South Africa certainly want to be liberated from Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption. How do you feel when selling out your workers to this oppression?

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