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Cosatu shocked by Vavi death threat

2012-12-10 17:43

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Monday expressed shock at an apparent plot to kill its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

"Such reports of a death threat must always be taken seriously," Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"They cause fear and worry for comrade Vavi and his family, especially as this is not the first such threat."

Craven said intelligence boss Major General Chris Ngcobo summoned Vavi to an urgent meeting on 28 September where he gave him details of the plot.

Iranian intelligence officials had apparently bribed one of Vavi's bodyguards to disclose his travel arrangements and a member of an NGO which worked closely with Cosatu would use the information to try and find an opportunity to poison Vavi.

This was meant to cause chaos ahead of the African National Congress' elective conference in Mangaung.

Far-fetched

Vavi told the Sunday Times: "This sounded far-fetched, as I can see no benefits to Iran from a crisis that may emerge in the country if I was to be permanently removed."

According to the newspaper, Vavi said he had to think hard before deciding to go public about Ngcobo's warning.

"I have a family and kids who obviously will go into a panic," he was quoted as saying.

"What if indeed there is a threat from whatever source? [But] the public have to know. Maybe that will help."

Vavi also revealed that he had received a death threat in June 2010.

He reported the threat to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and former national police commissioner Bheki Cele, according to the Sunday Times.

The letter was sent to a police laboratory to determine its origin.

However, Vavi had not received any feedback since then.

Craven said the threat was worrying.

Ngcobo was meant to report back in two weeks, but nothing more had been heard.

"Their silence means that we still do not know whether the threat was ever real or whether the warning was a politically motivated attempt by elements within the state apparatus to intimidate comrade Vavi," he said.

"The federation demands that the officers reveal all the information they have, including identifying the bodyguard and the NGO who are alleged to be involved."

Comments
  • paulvernonza - 2012-12-10 17:47

    I think VAVI overestimates his value to society, Honestly I don't think that anyone would put in the effort to kill him. Nothing more than seeking a media mention.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-12-10 18:03

      Can only be his own corrupted cANCer buddies who do not like him supporting the e-tolls and the public servants!

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-10 18:05

      Agreed. Why always the threat? Why has no one made an attempt to exterminate this berm

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-10 18:06

      Should end with 'this vermin'

      morne.demeillon - 2012-12-10 18:07

      It was a miner from Iran.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-10 18:08

      Iran and Vavi. Honestly????

      Kala - 2012-12-10 18:34

      It's very dissapointing that it hasn't happened yet.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-10 19:16

      Elevating his status.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-12-10 19:20

      Utilising the Marxist tools of analysis and not knee-jerk reaction, an understanding of the situation beyond the obvious shows that this could be a genuine death threat. The stakes are higher and the and the role players involved are beyond the knowledge of the casual observer.

      paulvernonza - 2012-12-10 21:17

      @ Thabo, I fully understand the article, common reasoning would not be able to equate an Iranian connection with Vavi, Seeing as you have the answer please elaborate. For the rest of us this is as about a plausible as Donald Duck being the trigger man on JFK. This is nothing more than a ruse to get his name in the media. Old news from September, Guess it was so important it could wait two months. Vavi has more chance of being taken out by his own posse. Half baked frivolous reporting , if there was any substance the evidence of an "apparent" bribe would have been acted upon. Generally in order to report a story WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN WHY HOW are supposed to be clarified in order to make factual report. This is nothing more than jabbering for the sake of noise. Weak

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-12-10 17:48

    It is most probably his own people!

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-10 17:48

    Why is he so shocked if it is not the first?

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-10 17:51

    Why would the Iranians want VaVi dead..............This sounds like an episode from the Twilight-zone.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-12-10 18:39

      I thought that the Iranian connection was a tad far-fetched. He has plenty of enemies closer to home, why look that far?

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2012-12-11 07:04

      The point to someone far away because they don't want the flashlight in their own eyes where it duly belongs.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-12-10 17:51

    Ag please this is not news worthy...

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-10 17:52

    Why would anyone want to kill him. He is exposing the communists for what they are. Like the ANC they are destroying themselves from within. It is probably an inside job.

  • kolobe.mzansi.7 - 2012-12-10 17:53

    they confusing the zuma camp with iran

      wayne.faulds - 2012-12-11 07:26

      Spot on Kolobe!

  • jan.spamer - 2012-12-10 17:54

    Ag what a lot of bullsh#t mr Vavi!!!

  • doug.meaker.5 - 2012-12-10 17:57

    Mr Vavi I will pray most earnestly for your protection. Since you doggedly expressed your opposition to parts of the secrecy bill you have my respect. Please advise...in your opinion could Motlanthe yet win a majority at Mangaung if he offered to scrap the secrecy bill? Or conversely would Zuma regain the support of many South Africans if HE scrapped the bill? Would not such an act by Zuma be the strongest possible indication of leadership, courage... and independence from an intelligence cluster that has grown too powerful? Was the "Iran assassin" idea not one of theirs?

      vincent.bade2 - 2012-12-10 18:23

      Ja Doug. Good line of thought. I believe Vavi might very well be in danger. After all, it is he that keeps putting the brakes on the Money Grabbers and thieves within the alliance. His latest being the highway ``slow drive`` in Jhb. I supported that all the way. The problem is that Vavi tramps on to many peoples toes. Just a few years ago he told the ANC that he helped get them into powers, and could just as easily help remove them. So no, he doesnt mince his words, and Im sure so many of the thieves in govt would love to see him out. OR it might just be that big business has not been able to BUY him like they have Zuma and many others Im sure ( see Mail & Guardian 7-13 Dec 2012 ). I certainly hope he remains un harmed and joins the DA or even any other party in the very near future. Rgds.

      mzushweme - 2012-12-10 18:31

      I m so crestfallen of hearing abt these so called 'threats' frm Iran(bt inside ANC)just resign and go back to ur wife and kids..ur time is up...where z Thabo Mbeki????

  • janzanele - 2012-12-10 18:01

    I think Vavi has a reason to worry,because of many people were to benefit from the e-Tolling,so he must by all means expose the culprits

      morne.demeillon - 2012-12-10 18:11

      I think you hit the nail spot on.

  • matt.cumming.77 - 2012-12-10 18:03

    Ayatolla Assahola!

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-12-11 05:59

      You cannot just go around killing people, causing anarchy. Obviously this is because of his stance against the toll road, the beneficiaries are waiting for their cut.

  • ari.potah - 2012-12-10 18:04

    Smells of a Mossad ploy' Their motto is "By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War" and so anything of this kind that is aimed at an enemy of Israel must be viewed with the deepest possible suspicion and cynicism.

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-10 18:43

      Mossad wouldn't have sent a threat you ahole. They don't threaten, they do..

      mzamo.mjoli - 2012-12-10 19:00

      All of this is question the relevence of the tri-apartheid allience. Casatu should be independent in decisions they make coz worker are out there in the cold. If you recall Marxist quotes, he speaks about a revolusion of the work force against the capitists. Marikana saga and the mushrooming of strkes is a clear sign that we the worker need a new non-bias COSATU independent from the ANC. South Africa is the only country in Africa that has a white opposition party (DA). Therefore cosatu should be the opposition party so that issues can be addressed on a direct level.

      mzamo.mjoli - 2012-12-10 19:01

      All of this is question the relevence of the tri-apartheid allience. Casatu should be independent in decisions they make coz worker are out there in the cold. If you recall Marxist quotes, he speaks about a revolusion of the work force against the capitists. Marikana saga and the mushrooming of strkes is a clear sign that we the worker need a new non-bias COSATU independent from the ANC. South Africa is the only country in Africa that has a white opposition party (DA). Therefore cosatu should be the opposition party so that issues can be addressed on a direct level.

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-10 19:18

      @mzamo why do you say the DA is a white party? Are you colour blind or just brainwashed?

      gary.smith.rsa - 2012-12-10 20:04

      @mzamo.mjoli I once asked the very same Mr Vavi on national radio how he could justify the "tri-apartheid" for the same reason that you question now. His answer - "there is nothing wrong just because it makes you, as a white man, uncomfortable". He completely avoided the question and payed his race card. I am glad that more people are now questioning this unholy alliance.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-12-10 21:10

      @mzamo.mjoli Correct. Classic Hegelian dialectics. Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis. Repeat.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-10 18:08

    When did his little protegé Juju the fat call in for a few years guards and convoys to help ferry black bags of cash around in comfort at state expense?

  • Babs Govender - 2012-12-10 18:13

    Two death threats and no feedback.

  • siliziwem - 2012-12-10 18:16

    Dont need 2 knw...nw the secrecy bill can b applied on ths 1.

  • siliziwem - 2012-12-10 18:16

    Dont need 2 knw...nw the secrecy bill can b applied on ths 1.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-10 18:16

    Unfortunatly if you mix and associate with the kind of people who would do this then you must expect it. Why must I pay for his security,get your own thugs to do it.

  • tobydt - 2012-12-10 18:21

    Who wants to bet that the Iranians are of the undiscplosed recipients of eToll cash?

      iqola.iqola - 2012-12-10 19:20

      hey friend how are you?

      tobydt - 2012-12-10 22:00

      iqola - Howsit broer. Well and yourself? Whats your take on the article?

  • george.pito - 2012-12-10 18:21

    Wa Wie Nee nie hy nie man. looking for cheap protection

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-12-10 18:49

      I had to lough on that... It have some truth in it.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-10 18:26

    Nobody is interested in killing vavi there are more challenging people.

  • mokoka3 - 2012-12-10 18:30

    It is either the iranian gov. are the recipient of Etoll, this threat must be linked to Etoll, I bet...

  • zuma.compound - 2012-12-10 18:35

    Shame poor little baby...at least he has a gang of bodyguards, unlike us ordinary citizens living in this dangerous dump of a country.

  • gareth.hart.965 - 2012-12-10 18:41

    ...One of his bodyguards bribed to gain information...no sense of accountability/loyalty...same old-same old...

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-12-10 18:44

    Shocked. Realy?

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-12-10 18:50

    Hahahah....the mafia world

  • Simthembile Zembe - 2012-12-10 18:56

    Mr Vavi is a real threat to the Alliance. He can criticize fearlessly. And this is a symbol that pre-or post- Mangaung, a big man and whoever it is will fall down. Vavi is proMotlante. The guy is the only powerful in that Alliance. So that could be true that they want to remove hin permanently.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-12-10 19:00

      He was, he no longer is, he is one of them now.

      tobydt - 2012-12-10 19:04

      Every time after vavi criticized the ANC, he merely sticks his head back up JZ's arse.

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-12-10 18:58

    Honestly i dont think there is any treath here, the man is just looking for some added protection, no feedback from 2010 and he is quiet? Hell no, its not like him, its just an over estimation of ones importance to us all.

  • Simthembile Zembe - 2012-12-10 18:58

    Mr Vavi is a real threat to the Alliance. He can criticize fearlessly. And this is a symbol that pre-or post- Mangaung, a big man and whoever it is will fall down. Vavi is proMotlante. The guy is the only powerful in that Alliance. So that could be true that they want to remove hin permanently.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-12-10 18:58

    While we were being killed in Marikana u didn't come to us and then u supported the corrupt Zuma and the killer Ramaposa.Now go to your Zuma and ask for protection. They killed us in Marikana to protect their interests Now they want to kill u to protect their interests Are u sure Ramaposa has no shares in this etoll buisiness?

      iqola.iqola - 2012-12-10 19:25

      Thiza, You first killed and burnt two security guards and one police man now you are playing a victim, the truth will come who planned for the Marikana illegal strike i suspect Pro Motlanthe group cause Cyril was on the list of being an ANC deputy president .

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-12-10 23:55

      u type well for a dead man eh another clown on news24

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-12-10 19:04

    Who cares if he lives or die

      iqola.iqola - 2012-12-10 19:26

      its me

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-12-10 21:01

      He is still a human being.. jeshhhh....hellloooooo 2012? noooo? ok.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-12-10 19:04

    Who cares if he lives or die? Cause I don't

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-10 19:12

      Thanks for talking on behalf of RSA however I don't wish death on anyone in RSA or the Planet for that matter.

      Sibusiso - 2012-12-10 20:32

      Vavi ,I don't care about u.U are just another cadre!

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-10 19:11

    Threats of murder and murder is unacceptable~ track them~ illiminate them~ task team?

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-10 19:17

    Vavi is just a liability loosing him wont cost us a thing. He's hauling day in and day out. We don't see his importance together with his counter part Jacobus. We've enough incompetent dudes in our government eliminating some will open vacancies for qualified once.

  • jackbongani.phala - 2012-12-10 19:24

    keep on talking MR VAVI because south african masses need leaders like you.GOD WILL HEAR YOUR CRIES AND PROTECT YOU,from those who want to silence you.iran is just a shield for those who want to kill you.

      gareth.flook - 2012-12-10 21:10

      I think you need to go to school

      gareth.flook - 2012-12-10 21:10

      I think you need to go to school and develop a brain

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-12-10 19:26

    Grow up, you are living in Africa, Go Big or go home !

  • jackbongani.phala - 2012-12-10 19:28

    @iso,underpaid by your fellow brothers

  • slikhethe33 - 2012-12-10 19:43

    SA mafias including groot kop. E-toll. Threat to their cookie jar. I guess

  • nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-12-10 20:15

    Viva vavi make him president

      gareth.flook - 2012-12-10 21:07

      Pffffff, that's just as bad as zuma or anyone in the anc being president. I'm sure he would do a great job of watching the country backslide from the comfort of his chair.

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-12-10 20:21

    Indeed, this does sound far-fetched.

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-12-10 20:41

    Well Well, what a surprise,,,NOT. I will bet you R100 that the death threat will come from an ANC supporter Loyal to ZUMA or JUJU. IT wont be death threats from any DA supporter, but from the ANC itself.Thats how the ANC intends to stay in power by killing off their own and getting rid of the competition and they all want the money and power. The ANC is no better the the Italian Mafia or the Chinese Mafia, This people will kill their owner mothers/fathers and brothers/sisters if need be. The ANC is becoming a Mafia style party.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-12-10 21:05

      Its all about the swaying of votes.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-10 20:58

    Eish, here goes another few million of taxes to pay for his security guards. And so begins the rot

      Barefoot - 2012-12-11 11:09

      cosatu government? taxes? really?

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-12-10 23:54

    yaaawn I wonder whats on tv tonight

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-12-11 07:25

    Its a red herring Vavi, aimed at scaring you into shutting up and not rocking the boat in the run up to Mangaung. Keep talking truth to those in power, sir.

  • themba.anthony.31 - 2012-12-11 07:25

    Kunjalo eMzabalazweni Sosiba but we as the Labours movement we need to Guard against sush things Thank you for Publicizing this Umzansi Afrika owabahlali base Mzansi Afrika so iZwi labasebenzi chubeka ulihloniphe sosiba take the mandate from your constituency and keep on being vocal othinta uVavi uthinta uCosatu othinta u COSATU uthinte uNUMSA othintu NUMSA uthinta abasebenzi.Phansi nge ETOLL PHANSI!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-12-11 08:32

    The highest trees catches the most wind. I don't feel sorry for vavi, but I do feel sorry for his children. In most cases the children are the ones that must carry the brunt of the father's decisions. How anyone on top do not realise that, is beyond me. You treat your fellow-man the way you want to be treated and you want your children to be treated. You are not going to be there for always to look after and protect your kin. Damn the situation is useless and hopeless. The anc and cronies has done too much damage already. Why oh why could they not think furhter and not be a sheep?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-11 11:17

    What a load of bull. Iranians wouldn't even know of Vavi so how could they possibly benefit from his death?. Lots of pre-Mangaung tripe.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-11 12:25

    This is unacceptable. The assasination of Vavi will create problems for the ruling party. Those who are planning it are ppl who r looting public funds

  • Strikeback - 2012-12-11 20:41

    Iran? Wow, why look for enemies so far if you cheat locals out of employment daily. I have vowed to never support COSATU on anything - ever! I however have nothing against Iran! www.strikeback.co.za

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