Polokwane didn't deliver - Cosatu

2012-09-18 15:30

Johannesburg - The ANC's Polokwane conference did not deliver on its promises of returning the party to the people, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

"In the aftermath of the post-Polokwane euphoria... It seemed that the challenges of the previous period had been overcome and that we were moving into a new area," the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said in its political report.

"It soon became apparent that matters were not going according to plan. Operation ANC ibuyile [renewal] was supposed to return the ANC back to members and hold government to account, both in the organisation and in government."

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was delivering the report on the second day of its 11th national congress in Midrand.


Cosatu said the "call" at the conference was for the African National Congress and the alliance to reassert its leadership.

"But where does the power lie today? [The ANC headquarters at] Luthuli house? The presidency? Treasury? The executive? Parliament? The alliance?" it asked.

"The ANC is not on top of processes in government, and policy decisions continue to be made in an untransparent (sic) way."

Cosatu said the alliance had faced "political paralysis" since the conference and it needed to be unblocked.

"If we don't act decisively, we are heading rapidly in the direction of a full-blown predator state, in which a powerful elite increasingly controls the state as a vehicle for accumulation."

It said delegates at the Polokwane conference had expressed views which Cosatu had always promoted.

"The Polokwane conference represented nothing short of a revolt by ANC delegates against practices, policies and leadership, which had deviated from the movement's historic policy perspectives... and collective decisions.

"The outgoing leadership... was regarded as individualistic and elitist... and having imposed inappropriate policies which failed to take into account the views of the people."


Cosatu said the ANC had committed a number of mistakes which had undermined the federation's ability to mobilise workers.
"On some occasions, the leadership have attacked the federation without provocation," Cosatu said.

"Something has gone wrong. The people we hate most today are not the enemy or white monopoly capital, but one another."
Vavi said Cosatu, the ANC and the SA Communist Party still had unity on "where the alliance should go" and needed to be applauded.

The alliance was characterised by "denialism" before the Polokwane conference.

"The cost of denialism is that in 10 years 330 000 people died from HIV and Aids," he said.

"The leader of the alliance at the time [Mbeki] said: 'What are you talking about? I haven't seen anyone dying from HIV'."

Mbeki was replaced by President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC at the Polokwane conference.

'Low road scenario'

The ANC will hold its next national conference in Mangaung in December.

Vavi said if the ANC continued its current trajectory, it would face what Cosatu called the "low road scenario".

This meant delegates to the Mangaung conference would focus only on the leadership contest, and policy issues would be ignored.

"We avoided that fighting yesterday, [during the Cosatu] nominations. ANC secretary general [Gwede Mantashe] I hope that your movement will be inspired by us," said Vavi. The Cosatu leadership was nominated unopposed on Monday.

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

Vavi was mimicking the gestures used by alliance members to replace Zuma with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, or to call for a second term for Zuma.

"We are calling for unity. If the ANC collapses, the people who will suffer the most are us."

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-18 15:39

    So true cde Vavi.......give leaders a chance to lead, dont elect today and plan their downfall tomorrow.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-18 15:46

      Now why am I not surprised? Polokwane was never ever going to deliver. Vavi is the only goon that only now realizes that.

      martin.melzer.988 - 2012-09-18 16:03

      First elect capable leaders

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-18 16:11

      These political speeches seem to use sooooo many words to convey so little. That whole speech could have been shortened to: "The ANC have failed the country. Good night"

  • Eterni80 - 2012-09-18 15:53

    Seems to me that the ANC want to keep 'the party' to themselves and live it up until the money runs out and the rivers of booze dry up.

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-18 22:23

      You are so right, EXACTLY right !

  • athenkositistnhonto.gogo - 2012-09-18 15:53

    The aim of the Polokwane conference was to remove Mbeki from the presidency..and somehow u thot that by removing him you'd be able to change poloicies that were in effect..forgetting that 2 change such poloicies u 1st have to come up with new 1z...aaaahhhh but then again,under the leadership of the 2 headed beast(zuma) nd da fat pig(juju) one wouldn't expect much..those people are stupid shame no offence but they r a huge disgrace..bangohlohl' ezabo

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-09-18 15:57

    If Polokwane did not deliver, what are we expected to gain from the same anticipated leadership earmarked for re election. Down the drain it will go? Time to change the formula and equation?

      martin.melzer.988 - 2012-09-18 16:08

      The leader is one thing, the policies quite another. The ANC will continue to thrash around like a wounded snake until it dawns upon them that the problem may be in their policies.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-18 18:11

      It's not the policies - it's ANC expecting that, having written them down, that's the end of their responsibility

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-09-18 16:16

    It's too late Vavi. The alliance is dead. What you will be left with is a hollow shell of leaders fighting for power while the masses revolt against you. The tide has already started it's turn and I am afraid neither you, Cosatu, SACP or the ANC can stop it. Looks like Jesus might be coming sooner than you thought, afterall.

  • abram.spamers - 2012-09-18 16:18

    Well Mbeki was right... you don't TECHNICALLY die from HIV or AIDS... you die from whatever attacks your body afterwards. His quote was taken out of context!

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-09-18 16:20

    In a nutshell, Zuma has failed to deliver on the Polokwane resolutions and he must go!

  • mpho.leso.9 - 2012-09-18 16:21

    Vavi you are a sell but I aint buying, you got us against Mbeki 4 ur own personal benefit now coz Showerhead has not delivered u still want us against Mbeki? Shame on you! Zuma must be replaced, that you know but cause u compromised you tryin to get against Mbeki again coz there is no credible enemy for your faction, I.e Zuma faction

  • herman.mosima - 2012-09-18 16:36

    Please vavi, leave my president Mbeki out of your rubish. in your lifetime you will never get a president as good as him. you are a big fish in a small pond.

      Mkhululi Yekani - 2012-09-18 17:30

      Mbeki was neva gud also!!

  • Willie - 2012-09-18 16:37

    First get rid of incompetent Zuma and some of the dead woods in cabinet. Then disband the alliance is not enhancing our democracy. Cosatu---labour issues not politics Sacp--- drink red bull and get your own wings,stop hiking Anc ---start to govern do not dictated to by hitch hikers like sacp

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-18 16:39

    Why are you suprised Vavi? Duh! Polokwane could never deliver because the entire conference was convened for the sole purpose of humiliating and firing Mbeki. The rest of it was spent celebrating Mbeki`s defeat and singing `mshin' wam - mshin' wam'!!!'

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-09-18 16:40

    Vavi plz chief stop moving up and down here get to the point zume has failed the movement periiod we don't need him anymore.

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-09-18 16:40

    Vavi plz chief stop moving up and down here get to the point zume has failed the movement periiod we don't need him anymore.

      Watkykj - 2012-09-18 16:46

      U mean ANC has per usual....

  • lums.zindela - 2012-09-18 16:48

    And what's the use of keeping incompetent, dysfunctional, clueless leadership? When they can't deliver they must go!! We can't afford to watch our tax money going down the drain.

  • adora.domingo - 2012-09-18 16:51

    IF THIS SUPPORT FOR THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP OF THE ANC WILL BE THE RESOLUTION OF cosatu, I am afraid IT WOULD MEAN COSATU has lost touch with reality. how can you endorse people that have clearly shown they are anti poor and they would rather have their own people suffer that the so called investers. They have sold our country and our liberation movement. It is no amazement considering that many of COSATU leaders are benefitting from the exploitation of the poor and black Africans in particular. all those who supported Zuma must be ashamed of themselves. Look at the undeclared state of emergency at Marikana and the treatment of Malema by the police. is this not the same thing said about President Mbeki that he was using state resources to fight political battles, he had never done what Zuma is doing. all those who oppose the undemocratic and doctoral dependencies of the ANC and its government must live in fear of the worse to come. if the ANC and Zuma are not stopped the worse which will turn the apartheid into sunday picnic is just about to happen to us.

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-09-18 16:51

    When anc went to polokwane one of the mandate that was given to this current leadership lead by zuma was to unite the anc but instead the organization is divided like never before and leaderless.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-09-18 17:10

    And this from the same idiots that voted no contest to the current leadership.....

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-18 17:12

    Anc takes and delivers nothing. Someone remind me what Mbeki did wrong. Was going to prosecute Zuma one of the reasons?

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-18 17:27

    Should read "ANC did not deliver..ever" and never will.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-09-18 17:43

    Like SALGA getting big headed and arrogant. Changing wage agreements without the acknowledgement of the Unions and the ANC keeping quite about that. Many ANC leaders still getting their hands stuck in the cookie jar. What did we expect really? Immideatly after Polokwane we had the Blades and other Ministers flourishing themselves with R1.3Million Beemers. Two per head nogal and yet expect them to think straight. Met eish ja met eish.

  • pstviwe.pobana - 2012-09-18 17:47

    wow politics in this country sometimes amaze me anyway mr.vavi is right you can meet a delegate going to the elective conference later this year and ask what is the ANC policy on both health and social security the guys actually said to me what are you talking what policy is that is it from the ANC and thats where the root of the problem lies with the ANC delegates should chose a leader who has a clear plan and has devised policies that will move this country forward my second question to him was whats the ANC economic policy he didnt know and i asked him cz i didnt know either hence chose leaders who know where they are going and what policies should take the country forward asked them how they are going to make these policies work especially on health care, social security and the economy instead of enforcing e-tolls yet clincs in mamelodi are without toilets and the working conditions are pathetic the ANC has gotta educate its members politically so that those members can chose people with a clear mandate of what to do when they come into the state

  • motleleng - 2012-09-18 18:02

    HUH? That's all you can say? Nothing came out of Polokwane, only useless leadership which was hungry for greed and corruption.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-09-18 18:54

    Like SALGA getting big headed and arrogant. Changing wage agreements without the acknowledgement of the Unions and the ANC keeping quite about that. Many ANC leaders still getting their hands stuck in the cookie jar. What did we expect really? Immideatly after Polokwane we had the Blades and other Ministers flourishing themselves with R1.3Million Beemers. Two per head nogal and yet expect them to think straight. Met eish ja met eish.

  • james.ilukena - 2012-09-18 19:38

    For as long as you generalise in your comments what ever you say it is for the government and the government is every body and anything that belongs to every body belongs to no body, this is the state you find yourselves in. Look at this stage most of SA leaders just blame Malema for the present and apathad what about the future no we don't hear about it.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-19 09:17

    Hence we need to change Zuma - ABZ is in full swing

  • wandile.ncobela.9 - 2012-09-19 09:45

    if you look at most of these comments, most pessimist about ANC leadership are the whites, this proves that most but not all sees ANC as black liberation movement, my question here is why asking for replacement of JZ while u don't even vte for ANC, you want ANC to be weaker so you can put DA in powers. To me it shows that you see you can beat ANC under the leadership of Zuma, that y u wants him to be replaced. Yes to comments on these articles it your constitutional rights, bt if i may ask when last you heard Jz yalk bad about any of the SA citizens, not even once. So please leave zuma alone, he is going nowhere, he is still the leader we chose, like him or hate him, he is here to stay.

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