Don't underestimate enemies - Dlamini

2012-09-17 19:36

Johannesburg - Do not underestimate "enemies" seeking to create divisions before the ANC's December elective conference in Mangaung, Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said on Monday.

"Comrades, we must not make a mistake and underestimate the enemy," he told the Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) 11th national congress in Midrand.

"The systematic attack we see today directed at us is based on evidence of what a united alliance is capable of doing to defend and advance the NDR [National Democratic Revolution]."

But, these enemies were making a mistake, Dlamini said.

"We will not go to Mangaung divided; but we will go there with a clear class agenda to defend and advance the progressive outcomes of [the last ANC conference in] Polokwane."

Dlamini said it was for this reason that the African National Congress, the SA Communist Party, and Cosatu, as the tripartite alliance, needed to ensure they were unified around "class interests".

"We must not allow tactical differences to be elevated to strategic differences," Dlamini said.

"They [the enemies] have seen what a united alliance can achieve. It is because of this proven track record of resilient struggle and victories that the rightwing and the demagogues would prefer to have us divided and weak going to the 53rd national congress of the ANC."

He said the "plight of workers" was being used to weaken the alliance.

"The strategy includes buying the emotions of the masses and society and us[ing] that support to stab Cosatu and the liberation movement in the back and allow it to bleed to near death so that they... come as heroes to save the movement," Dlamini said.

"We must not fall into a trap of competing with demagogues. Instead we should honestly be with the workers to listen to them and engage the employers; force them to address the demands raised by the workers."

Cosatu's congress should be used by workers to tell it where it had deviated from its mission.

"These four days will be your opportunity to tell us on our faces where we have deviated. An organisation becomes stronger by purging itself."

Cosatu also had to respond to "systematic attacks" against it in the wake of the Marikana shooting, Dlamini said.

"The problem in Marikana is not rivalry between unions, nor can it simply be put as being a widening gap between leaders and members.

"This will obviously be a matter which we will have to honestly confront during our discussions, but the central issue is that workers in the mines are rising against their continued exploitation by employers," Dlamini said.

"Mineworkers cannot be expected to keep quiet and say 'thank you baas' when they know that the financial officer of Lonmin, Alan Ferguson, earns R10 254 972 a year or R854 581 a month, which is 152 times higher than the salary of a rock drill operator."

Last month, 34 striking workers were shot dead and 78 were wounded when police opened fire on them at Lonmin's Marikana mine in North West.

"Workers... [were] simply saying we produce wealth and we want our reasonable share and they expect to be given a fair share," Dlamini said.

"It is not just workers from North West that are speaking; this is a reflection of the demands being harboured by millions of our people."

It was "interesting to note" that most of the richest people in South Africa came from those in charge of the mining sector.


Dlamini said the attack on Cosatu was similar to an attack on it by the Democratic Alliance, which marched to Cosatu's headquarters in Johannesburg earlier this year.

"The majority of those in the DA march were the African people being instigated to march against other African workers," he said.

"A strategy that was used by the apartheid government to set blacks against each other, the same strategy we saw being used at Marikana where African workers are being set against each other."

The reality was that more than six million workers lived on less than R10 a day.

"It is for this reason that we will continue to argue that it is mistaken to think that any kind of job will reduce poverty," Dlamini said.

"If employment is to be the primary instrument to fight poverty and inequality, then such employment will have to be decent and labour brokers cannot deliver decent jobs and similarly the youth wage subsidy cannot deliver decent jobs except making employers richer through the provision of cheap labour by our children."

Dlamini said South Africa needed to look to models of social and economic justice used by several South American countries.

Brazil, under President Lula da Silva, defied conventional economic prescriptions, and advanced economic strategies to redistribute incomes by raising wage levels and social protection.

"The... radical phase of our transition will not happen if we do not build a radical and militant campaigning Cosatu, SACP, and ANC as mass-based organisations, which derive their perspectives from the masses," Dlamini said.

"We need to build these as organisations that do not identify with the people out of pity, but [which are] grounded on the masses and connect with community struggles... [and build] them as fighting organisations that must continue to enjoy respect and credibility by the working class."

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-17 19:41

    You are your own worst enemies. You're doing a good job of damaging your own credibility all by yourself.

      ianon.ym - 2012-09-17 19:43

      Your enemies are all those people you have made promises to and who are gatvoll of listening whilst you are not delivering.

      MagdaKus - 2012-09-17 19:52

      Yup.. the enemies within are always more tricky....

      kolobe.mzansi.9 - 2012-09-17 20:13

      these union leaders just like whites fear malema so much and we know malema spits only the truth

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-09-17 20:39

      Aren't our party presidents a pleasant looking bunch?

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-17 20:55

      kolobe, you are a chop!

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-17 19:43

    And who exactly are the enemy? By my account, you don't need enemies, you are your own worst enemy. And to compare the owner's income to the drill operator - what a joke!!!!!

      Khuvhisto - 2012-09-17 19:57

      From nursing assistant to president of cosatu, its a joke indeed

      Ntshobs - 2012-09-17 20:38

      you're so dumb,financial officer is an employee

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-17 20:57

      Would like to know when he made this "discovery" of Ferguson's earnings or was he unaware of the rock drillers pay.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-17 19:45

    UUhhhmm you are not competing with demagogues, you are competing with bunnies. Anyway that is a lot of words to say absolutely nothing. Just like you have done all along. cANCers... ppffff! Honestly, for putting the cANCers in charges the Africans deserve everything they are getting.

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-17 19:45

    Oh cr@p. Not another one.

  • Martin522 - 2012-09-17 19:47

    You know what? This guy speaks through his neck. I mean: """The strategy includes buying the emotions of the masses and society and us[ing] that support to stab Cosatu and the liberation movement in the back and allow it to bleed to near death so that they... come as heroes to save the movement," Dlamini said."" What about the white elephant in the room? Didn't COSATU stab their members in the back? If these so-called UNIONS had anything more than their own wealth on their minds, they would know that the rock driller do not have the same qualifications as Alan Ferguson, and in the way that these workers are now being taught to just WANT more without giving more, probably never will get the same salary! Grow up guys, this issue is long past the original problem, and this article JUST CONFIRM that it is all about political gain.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-09-17 19:47

    SISTER S'dumo is no body so whatever he says will remain just his wish after all we are xot of nurses here in mzansi.

      Michael - 2012-09-17 20:07

      Male nurses are not called sisters! You Julius supporters have a problem of following all sorts of crap! Everything that come from Julius you just regard as facts without even thinking about it.

      lvhukeya1 - 2012-09-17 20:53

      whatever dude but u got de point\ ur running out of time my man i think u must start applying for visas.

  • Khuvhisto - 2012-09-17 19:55

    Sister sdumo u think that mining sector is like dressing patient in the hospital. infact combrade they blunder for retaining u there cos u associate urself those who make life difficult for workers

  • Michael - 2012-09-17 19:58

    All people who are banking on Kgalema Motlanthe for leadership change in Mangaung must make plan B as soon as posible to avoid dissapointment, i dont see Kgalema standing againts Zuma. Kgalema knows that 5 years is not a long time to wait than to go down as a loser unnecessarly so.

  • wiscoh - 2012-09-17 20:15

    Sdumo seems to be copying exactly what his enemy (malema ) is saying. That is why they waited for so long, they knew malema wil pave way for them and plagiarise his statements. Plagiarism is a criminal offense and punishable by law.

  • Ntshobs - 2012-09-17 20:26

    that was a good speech,only if it was from a consistent comrade. when you were at popcru conference not long ago you said exactly the opposite

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-17 20:41

    Amazing how much enemies the corrupt have....

  • mike.watkins.9889 - 2012-09-17 20:43

    these fools are still lost in a cloud cuckoo land when they were all heroes.Now they're just internal enemies to the workers and the people of South Africa.

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-09-17 20:49

    Whats your point Dlamini? A for-profit company has an executive earning multiples of what his rock drill operators are earning. Fine. A non-profit (governments are not supposed to be "profitable) ANC led government has executives earning similar multiples to what the cleaners in public schools are earning, or policemen who put their lives on the line, or street sweepers.. The list goes on. Are you saying Lonmin Rock Drill operators earn too little or the executive earn too much? Please also extrapolate that logic to the public sector...

  • Eliza.bethB100 - 2012-09-17 21:00

    Well said Sidumo Dlamini, I agree with you... "We will not go to Mangaung divided; but we will go there with a clear class agenda to defend and advance the progressive outcomes of [the last ANC conference in] Polokwane."

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-17 21:04

    They are childish! Who cares? Listen, we are no longer in the cold war and the 1910's era. Get real with your silly language. Nobody takes it seriously anymore. OK, a few may still. Get real!

  • maisela.mothoa.7 - 2012-09-17 21:18

    Hahahaha, copy and paste from the enemy.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-17 21:56

    Wit gevaar, geel gevaar, coconut gevaar. They are everywhere and they know what we up to. Got to keep them at bay so we can enjoy our hard earned economic freedom.

  • bongaini.mntungwa - 2012-09-17 23:03

    true mr dlamini

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-09-18 03:58

    the DA dont have to instigate black people against the ANC ??? Malema does that for them agAinst his own so called 'banana government' !!!

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-09-18 06:32

    The only enemies ahole are your so called friends!!

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-18 07:24

    ? and they continue to support the very ANC-PF that has robbed the nation blind without any comment in that direction. Real "uguh uguh uguh" double speak here.

  • bobo.jane.1 - 2012-09-18 07:29

    If you refer to other fellow countrymen as "enemies" in a so called democratic country, just because they don`t share the same ideology, then you have become your own worst nightmare, you will suffocate yourself to death. 2 is a company 3 is a crowd and division will be the only outcome, your Communism fails.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-18 13:41

    Said the man who earns more than a million a year. You usually create your own enemies Dlamini and the way you are going the number of your enemies are rising by the day.

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