Criticism not an attack on ANC - Vavi

2012-12-17 11:08

Bloemfontein - When Cosatu speaks out about problems in the country it should not be seen as an attack on the ANC, the union federation's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Twitter on Monday.

"I engage with public debates and will never take internal debates to social media. I will not be gagged, mightier ones failed in the past."

He was reacting to statements by the ANC that the Congress of SA Trade Unions attacked its alliance partner in public. On Sunday, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe told delegates at the party's national conference in Mangaung that Cosatu often came across as being in opposition to the party.

"Tensions [between Cosatu and the ANC] arise around the federation's public posture," Mantashe said.

Speaking out

On Monday, Vavi posted several tweets indicating he did not believe he was attacking the ANC when speaking out about some public policies.

"Yes I attack corruption, mediocrity, bad policies such as etolls, POIB [Protection of Information Bill], privatisation [sic], etc. When Cosatu is misrepresented I correct that."

Mantashe criticised Cosatu for focusing too much on the ANC.

"We made an observation that half of the time it gets too pre-occupied with analysing the ANC, and not on its own internal analysis."

In a tweet on Monday, Vavi said the ANC was "an instrument to build a better SA, that is what it was created for - nothing else!"

He added in a different tweet, "[The] basic lesson we must teach all blind loyalists is that political parties are extremely important but not one of them more important than SA".

On the weekend, Vavi announced he had declined nominations to the ANC's national executive committee.

On Monday, he seemed pleased with his decision, suggesting that people that criticised him on Twitter for appearing harsh towards the ANC would further attack him if he had made it onto the party's NEC.

"Imagine if I was in the NEC, fellows who think like this would attack me every time I articulate Cosatu positions, saying I am ill disciplined."

  • Adeeb Saban - 2012-12-17 11:24


      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-17 12:36

      You are their partner not their puppet,speak your mind it is your rgiht and duty.

      ian.flack2 - 2012-12-17 12:49

      You see Mr Vavi, the ANC hates criticism........

  • azande.futhi - 2012-12-17 11:28

    "The problem in this country is Jacob Zuma and his people". They don't focus on getting the job done. They focus on greed, ruthlessness and are so arrogant. How the hell are we suppose to express and exercise our democratic rights. We now should keep quiet and be afraid of being called counter-revolutionaries and anti-ANC while the ship built with bloodshed and difficult struggles of Madiba, Mbeki and others is sadly sinking.

      siyandatings - 2012-12-17 11:59


      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-17 12:00

      The real problem is those who vote for the ANC.

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-17 11:28

    Mantashe is a blind loyalists who thinks the thieving ANC is extremely important. That is why he resigned from the unions recently to ensure his fulltime commitment to other thieves in the ANC. He is not aware that the thieving ANC is no more important than SA, and the clock is ticking for the thieves.

      azande.futhi - 2012-12-17 11:31

      sadly so. and yes the bomb is ticking.

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2012-12-17 13:03

      There is one ticking time bomb that is for the inequality that characterised our society, I think that one is going to go off first before the one of thieving, I know the two are linked somehow the greedy capitalists are still paying different salaries for equal competence\equal work. Most people are given work based on being the sons os Mr So and So and its acceptable for them to just come in and accept senior positions- no one report about these but that does not mean the ticking bomb of anger and frustration stops

  • lucky.lehlaka - 2012-12-17 11:29

    They think dat,we have to agree in evrting dy say.Vavi you a Man Him-self.Wrong is wrong nd i fully agree with you.I DN'T FEEL ZUMA.

  • musa.kamashobane - 2012-12-17 11:31

    Don't forget who is Gwede Mantashe, he is the same Gwede that told Trevor Manuel to shut up when he objected to Jimmy Manyi suggesting that Coloured people are over-populated in the Western Cape. Paranoid? Autocratic? you decide

  • gary.dasilva - 2012-12-17 11:31

    You give it to them big guy - You are the only level headed majour player out there ( Now that Trevor's not standing to be in the NEC) - while I don't agree every time with you or COSATU's stance - you are always fair - that is a lot more than can be said for your comrades in the tripartite alliance

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-12-17 11:40

    Yes I attack corruption, mediocrity, bad policies such as etolls, POIB [Protection of Information Bill], privatisation [sic], etc. In order words Mr Vavi, you are indeed attacking the ANC as that is what they are all about!

      azande.futhi - 2012-12-17 11:49

      hahahaha, no man. He is attacking government. I'm now using the same rhetonic ANC utters when it ducks accountability, "there is a difference between ANC as a party, and Governmant. LOL

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-17 11:53

      no, he's playing their hand of cards, when ever they do something a little worth while they take credit for the anc, whenever they screw up they blame it on the goverment, althought it's the same thing. thats how they Bshut their followers. So he is attacking the government and the governments policies LOL (nothing to do with the anc see LOL)

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-17 11:49

    Good for you vavi, that's why they wanted you on the NEC, then they could just tell you to shuttup cause then you would have been a full blown(up) ANC member and leader and would be obliged to shuttup according to their rules and just eat and swallow what they feed you. They dont want cosatu as a partner they want cosatu as 'n pet to obey his masters voice ! Change your union into a political party and become opposition to them, you have the following... use it !

  • Erna - 2012-12-17 11:50

    Power has gone to Gwede's head. He thinks he is invincible and always right. The problem with the anc is that they don't really know what democracy is. Time for change people.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-17 12:02

      Very few people know what true democracy is and of they did, they would never agree to be part of it.

      sexyfancyface - 2012-12-17 19:45

      Erna frankly if our people knew what democracy is the anc would never have been given 19 years to take the country to waste...

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-12-17 12:00

    Vavi, the ANC perceives any criticism or plan that does not suit their outdated ideas, as an attack. That is just another reason why they should be removed.

  • rita.phillipson.1 - 2012-12-17 12:06

    ANC just wants Cosatu there to bring in the union voters not to voice an opinion (unless its agreement of course).

  • doreen.nokwanda - 2012-12-17 12:10

    I bow,mr vavi @least u showin SA dat hope is still da though fr now it is overshadowed by these lying,thieving self-centered loyalist even when its wrong.das always a way

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-17 12:12

    Sarel J Botha, the ANC has been getting a few hundred thousands in votes. It has 1,2 million members. SA has over 50 million people, over 60 per cent of which are youing people of voting age. What happens to the rest of the votes? My point is, don't just blame the ANC for getting a few hundred thousand votes, also put the blame on opposition for failing to get even a million voters or members in a country afflicted by voter apathy

  • Bishop Simon Ntlemo - 2012-12-17 12:14

    Only truth shall set our beloved country free. Evil people never last. Amen

  • mzushweme - 2012-12-17 12:20

    The problem with the ANC'Mantashe that he is also hving that dectatorship tendency they do not want the corruption issue to b adressed coz they've got that fear of being exposed to the public and that desgracefull anc president and that poor policy-planning...Manuel is out in this anc..n has suggested of that they hv to callupon the youth to take the biger stage...mxmm ezizidenge...

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-17 12:23

    Sorry Vavi, but your words ring hollow. You criticise the government and give hope to people. But at the 11th hour, you let everyone down by pandering to the whims of the ANC. You want your bread buttered on both sides - stay in good books with your masters the ANC, as well as be the freedom fighter that people are looking for. Show some spine - take a stand and you will get more respect. Otherwise you will always be nothing more than a reluctant yes-man.

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-12-17 12:24

    The only problem with Vavi is that he is very immature and likes the limelight at the expense of others, he is beginning to sound more like a right winger if only he could stop singing for supper and be rationale it would help him a lot

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-17 12:33

    Vavi, my bud, you are never allowed to critisise a dictatorship. If you carry on you will eventually end up in jail.

  • jacintofern - 2012-12-17 12:37

    Vavi should under no circumstance move to ANC structures. If it happens then we are doomed!

  • rhenusm - 2012-12-17 13:50

    I strongly concur with you honorable Vavi

  • Punungwe - 2012-12-17 14:04


  • chris.els.7 - 2012-12-17 14:08

    The DA must rule the country, then Vavi will have nothing to say, because everything will run as it suppose to be.

  • godrick.mlambo - 2012-12-17 14:12

    Viva Vavi

  • winston.jan - 2012-12-17 15:15

    Agree with you Mr VAVI, you just speak your mind nothing more or less. Only the corrupt people such as Jacob Zuma and his people whom might worry about your public critique. VIVA VAVI VIVA, VIVA MONTLANTE VIVA, VIVA the new party VIVA, I'll personal join the new party immediate. I am tired of the corrupt president.

  • sexyfancyface - 2012-12-17 19:41

    The problem with Vavi is that he is a hypocrite he represents workers on one hand and kills jobs for the same people so his criticisms mean zilch to me at least. I am enough with hypocrisy it just makes me sick honestly but yes at least he is speaking out and if criticising someone means you are attacking them I might just as well blame my parents for calling me to order everytime...

  • Notrax123 - 2012-12-17 19:46

    Yep, the quickest way for ompany to silence a vocal union member is to make them a manager in the company. Never put your bollocks in a trap, the end result will be very painful.

  • kgopotso.tlaka - 2012-12-17 22:17

    I believe that most of delegation don't understand their right, they are just a subjects not a citizen who are able to act in the interest of other citizen, they will act in the subjects of being sympathy with or fear of being victimized, come 2014 election we go see who is the face of the ANC, the society will decide of what they want since i believe that no-bothy within the ANC can stop Mazibuko and Zille on there campaign

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