Attack on Vavi: Deputy minister 'paranoid'

2012-12-13 20:24

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions has rejected reported comments made by Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana about general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

"If the deputy minister really believes what he is saying, it reflects a disturbing state of paranoia," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"The battle against corruption is being waged not just by Zwelinzima Vavi, or by Cosatu but by the ANC, government, business and civil society. It is a top priority for the whole nation."

Manana, according to the New Age newspaper on Thursday, labelled Vavi a "problem child".

Manana accused Vavi of wanting to use the platform of the National Anti-Corruption Forum to start a new party, the newspaper reported.

"The alliance partners may remain critical of each other, but they must not be counter-revolutionary," Manana said.

"Vavi's behaviour and actions led to the conclusion that he has intentions to establish his own party using an anti-corruption platform as a bandwagon."

Vavi was this week appointed chairperson of the National Anti-Corruption Forum.

Manana appealed to the African National Congress to "express itself" against Vavi's "counter-revolutionary behaviour" at its upcoming elective conference in Mangaung.

Craven said the National Anti-Corruption Forum comprised civil society, business, and government.

Each sector was represented by 10 members, nominated by their respective constituencies.

"So how can it possibly be a 'bandwagon' for any individual?" asked Craven.

Similarly Corruption Watch, although initiated by Cosatu, was an independent body which would investigate all allegations, regardless of who was being accused.

Craven said it would not hesitate to accuse union leaders if there was evidence against them.

He said the unanimous decision by the central executive committee to support the re-election of the incumbent president, deputy president and secretary-general of the ANC was consistent with Vavi's comments.

"The comments about the general secretary planning to 'exit' from Cosatu and form 'his own political party' is a pure fantasy, which exists only in the deputy minister's head," said Craven.

Vavi was elected unopposed as general secretary in September this year and enjoyed the full support of Cosatu's two million-plus members, he said.

Manana's comments - if correctly reported - could only be seen as a crude attempt to de-legitimise Vavi and create divisions within the federation and its alliance partners.

"If so, it will fail ignominiously. Cosatu has never been more united, from the shop floor up to its national leadership, and this unity will never to broken," Craven said.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-13 20:40

    'Two million plus members' is a sizable 'chunk' that can be encouraged to vote against corruption ie. the ANC!!!!

  • dee.bone.39 - 2012-12-13 20:50

    what a sick bunch of liars. Craven you have just become one of the worst. You cant be against corruption and at the same time defend the corrupt. U fake

  • renard.souza - 2012-12-13 20:51

    Vavi seems to be the only one who has some brains but comrades he is "counter revolutionary" what a joke. MaƱana should read banana!

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-13 20:54

    Vavi and Craven I urge you to also appeal to the African National Congress to "express itself" against Manana's "counter-revolutionary" paranoia at its upcoming elective conference in Mangaung.

  • ssegaetsho - 2012-12-13 21:04

    Viva Vavi.

  • mnmwale - 2012-12-13 21:52

    Manana is talking sense and Craven is either talking nonsense or is deliberating but not cleverly trying to cover up for Vavi. Despite Craven's reasons in disputing Manana's assertions, the fact remains that Vavi can do as Manana alleges.

      pws69 - 2012-12-14 07:31

      People CAN do a lot of things, the question that must be answered is WILL they. Although I think COSATU running as a separate political party would be good for democracy, I do not think they have the courage to try it, and that is what Craven is saying.

  • david.christianson1 - 2012-12-13 22:12

    We have a deputy Higher Education minister? What does he do? Hold Blade's coat?

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-13 22:19

    Manana or banana is trying to pull a mthwethwa and he had seen how it is rewarding. What a nonsense, Vavai has and had been always loyal to the ANC since he knows that is where his bread is buttered. What a ....... fill in the missing words.

  • lesia.mohale - 2012-12-13 22:46

    When are we going to see peace in the tripartied? Dont these guys realise their actions and or conclusions affect all the citizens regaedless of political affiliation? I hope Manguang congress will bring a big change to the country. How I wish female leaders such as Ms Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma and Naledi Pandor could be in the top two! But I know this is only a wish that will never come true, not in my life time.

  • alivap.aliva - 2012-12-13 22:48

    Wait a minute this felow is naive

  • nyakallo.mokhampanyane - 2012-12-14 00:29

    Vavi brought this on himself! He has the habit of running with the rabbit and hunt with dogs. He always leave people supporting him clutching to sraws. What a turn-coat!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-14 04:30

    The ANC must start checking peoplels' credentials before allowing them a podium to speak.How do you even find one word to defend corruption while your brains are still intact?

  • slikhethe33 - 2012-12-14 04:48

    Vavi, here is the source of your death threats

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-12-14 06:11

    Vavi stop waisting your time. What about Zuma? The evidence against Shaik can be used to convict Zuma.R u scared of Zuma? Then u can't fight corruption if u scared of Zuma now shutup

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-14 08:26

    Let's ask two questions....are public servants guilty of corruption whenever they take/receive a perk or a bonus that is not based on exceptional performance? ...........................are public servants guilty of corruption when they use patronism and graft to protect or benefit themselves, their families and freinds? It is a valid point of view I think to describe these behaviours as corrupt. I am sure that a generalisation here would be wrong, but my sense is that there is so much of this going on that if it is forced to stop public services would degenerate into total chaos. The leader who has the guts to create a workable alternative and to enforce that alternative (with real punitive/corrective actions) will emerge as a real leader for some of us. Those who will lose out, and the greater many who currently aspire to a seat on the gravy train, will not be happy; how will they react and vote?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-14 11:55

    Battle against corruption?. Where and when?.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-14 12:51

    Disturbing case of paranoia?. Isn't that compulsory for the whole lot of them?.

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