Cosatu delegates sing for Zuma

2012-09-20 12:05

Johannesburg - Delegates at Cosatu's 11th national congress in Midrand sang in favour of a second term for President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

During a morning address, several delegates walked into the congress singing about Zuma and holding up two fingers. They were called to order by Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

"Comrades, you are out of order. You just can't come in late and disturb the conference."

After the address, he then led the crowd in singing about Zuma, but many of the delegates refused to stop.

The majority held up two fingers, indicating their support for a second term for Zuma.

Those who supported Deputy President Kgalema Mothlanthe rolled their hands in the gesture commonly used in soccer to call for the substitution of a player.

Vavi unsuccessfully tried to get delegates to stop singing.

"There is nothing wrong about singing about the leader of the alliance, but there is something wrong about singing against any leader of the alliance," he said.

"The... rule is that we should not show signs. If we start showing signs we [will] divide the congress."

Some delegates defiantly put up two fingers while Vavi was speaking.

He spoke out on the signs during a discussion on the rules of the congress on Monday.

"We cannot spend our time in a battle with each other [before the ANC conference in Mangaung] going 'wah, wah, wah'," he said, rolling his hands and then holding up two fingers.

Cosatu's congress is scheduled to conclude on Thursday.

  • AbrahamsTT - 2012-09-20 12:17

    heheheheh this is just a joke...

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-20 12:32

      Now they do the praise singing stuff for the government leader that will hit them with eTolls. These guys are riddled with contradictions.

      mphogift.mukwevho - 2012-09-20 16:17


      Robin - 2012-09-20 17:10

      Singing for Zoomer, what a joke. They were just in the mood for a toy-toy..

  • rbphiri - 2012-09-20 12:23

    Cosatu is easily fickled! this is the same man who wants to implement the e-toll. The union is contradicting its own cause! one minute you are against the e-toll, the next you singing for zuma, pathetic

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-20 12:35

      It's a populaist organisation. They go to where ever they (perceive) are popular.

      phillip.phogole - 2012-09-20 13:44

      Cosatu is a headless chicken they are frustraded,they dont know what they stand for,workers are suffering but they sing Mshini wam,that is pathethic they are only hoping a reward from Zuma for goverment positions,cowards if they are strong enough they must stop e-tolling.

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-09-20 12:27

    Here they sing for Zuma. On another article Vavi made a statement which said that they will "resist the e-tolling". I don't understand cause Zuma is behind the e-tolling so they are contradicting themselves. lol

  • jacques.hollands - 2012-09-20 12:28

    Who is Costau? Spelling mistakes abound on News24 lately... Now even in their titles! Utterly unprofessional journalism...

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-20 12:51

      I bet you it will still be there later this afternoon.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-09-20 12:34

    Vavi - It's right in front of you. Your oganisation is divided. Maybe the delegates only had last years song books and haven't got the lyrics for the new Mothlanthe song. Wah wah wah...

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-09-20 12:35

    COSATU zi-sell-out,NUM is following its head.Abanamqolo

  • Greypatriot - 2012-09-20 12:42

    Delegates attending the Cosatu conference should rather focus on what they should do to save the trade unions and Cosatu from destruction. Cosatu is at a cross road after the Lonmin Marikana disaster. They must take their eyes off the political ball and focus on improving the employment practices and conditions in South Africa. Trade unions were pushed aside by the workers. This can become a national trend. FOCUS!

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-09-20 13:18


  • phillip.phogole - 2012-09-20 13:41

    Only Cosatu from KZN sing for Zuma we are going to show them that Zuma will not return to ANC as president Cosatu failed the workers so we will not allow the failures to stop us from removing Zuma they can sing untill the sun goes down,that is not going to stop us,first they must fight the workers people have been killed at Marikan,they were silent,now they think they can stop us from removing the Showerhead.

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-20 15:20

    How can u sing for Zuma and be against e-toll and the corrupt system. I don't understand. Maybe I'm missing something. I guess that's politics for you

      mxolisi.masondo.9 - 2012-09-22 10:47

      True that we are having total freak leaders in this country

  • jakobus.thulasizwe - 2012-09-20 16:00

    Mine workers should form their own trade union or strengthen UMCO, they can not rely on NUM or Cosatu. Frans Baleni condemned workers saying they demanded too much from employers. But he was proved wrong. Cosatu said earlier they will make an evaluation of the current leadership of ANC. One of the notorius decisions taken by government under Zuma was imposition of e-tolling and the refusal to scrap labour brokers. May their decision to back Zuma for second term is based on those grounds. Ordinary members of Cosatu should desert their leadership and take right decision. Their leadership has been promised with cabinet positions that is why their supporting failing leaders. Vavi is just a populist who can not be trusted. Melema is hundred percent better than him, the young man can stand his position. I know they are trying by all means to discredit him but they will not succeed. Melema is a new Mandela, he is loved by the majority of poor people. We will follow Melema wherever he goes and we will die with him. The whole continent of Africa and the diaspora is behind Julius Malema. Cosatu is loosing the ground especially NUM. WhenVavi was trying to address miner on Wednesday, miners were rolling hands symbolizing change. Those few delegates who attended a Cosatu congress are just waisting their time by proclaiming their support for ANC President, because the majority of workers are not for that.

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