Sadtu denies plot to unseat Vavi

2012-08-24 20:00

Johannesburg - Sadtu in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday denied a report that it was campaigning to unseat Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi at the union federation's elective congress next month.

"We would like to put it on record that these claims... are a fallacy and a concoction by those who do not want to see peace within our federation," SA Democratic Teachers' Union deputy provincial secretary Nomarashiya Caluza said in a statement.

"It is our view that when people have different views on any issue they should voice it within our organisation, which is the federation."

According to a report in Isolezwe on Thursday, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in the province claimed the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) did not want Vavi to be re-elected as Cosatu general secretary.

Numsa reportedly said Vavi may alter plans to have President Jacob Zuma re-elected as president of the African National Congress in Mangaung in December.

Caluza said Sadtu in the province was shocked to hear about such a "plot" in the newspaper.

"What remains important is to remind Numsa that the issue of whether Sadtu or any affiliate wants to oust... Vavi is a non-issue to us as our understanding tells us that during the congress itself the leadership of Cosatu will have to vacate their positions as per the constitution," he said.

Cosatu affiliates would then re-elect new leadership.

"We believe that it is not in the culture of any Cosatu affiliate to make reckless statements which are unfounded and cannot be verified," Caluza said.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) will hold its elective conference in Midrand in September.

There had been numerous reports that the trade union federation was divided over its support for ANC leaders. Cosatu denied this.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-24 20:25

    Don't they act just like hyenas? Maybe that is why Vavi has been so quiet of late, he must be really busy protecting his position as head honcho - that in itself is a full-time job!

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-25 09:19

      @Sharon Zwelinzima Vavi is not a "favorite character" for many, but he is a skilled player. No Doubt. Vavi is not Willie Madisha...and knows exactly which "skin" to wear. My personal "admirations" to him are based on his political apperance. Not many remember Vavi from 2007 and what he was fighting about at that time. Don't deny him blindly. He knows exactly what is going on in mining sector...when and me. Zwelinzima was "silenced" after Impala.....I don't know if you remember who "honored" COSATU new Headquarters? The Lonmin situation and the future "developments" were known in early June 2012. You think that Vavi "decided" to stay away by himself?...not realy. SADTU to unseat Zwelinzima Vavi?....hahaha. They smoking again dirty socks. Look how quckly the denies came as responce. ....and...I will always critisize him, despite my personal respect to him.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-08-24 20:52

    Bye bye Vavi --- you're part of the Juju clean-out. Soon Zuma and Gwede and Blade will be taken to the guillotine too.

  • johana.salivan - 2012-08-24 22:58

    If sadtu is against Vavi, he must be a good man.

      Ben Jones - 2012-08-25 08:08

      Vavi is an opportunist he must step down and give others a chance 2 run Cosatu as we all know that he is supporting the Stupid idea of Silima(Malema)what happened 2 Willy Madisha is now going 2 hunt you broer,VIVA SADTU Viva!

  • sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-24 23:03

    I took a photo of SADTU's Emblem at their offices in the Newcastle area.........just had to take it, the only thing spelt correctly on their emblem was the word "Union". I will treasure this photo,..... I think our childrens education is in safe hands under the guidance of the "Solth Afican Demacretic Teachas Union". I think Vavi is safe in his position as most of the teachers can't spell "X" anyway.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-24 23:41

      We don't need no edukashin! We just need a Union - and a weepon. Would love to see that pic!

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-25 08:36

      The Sad Truth.... When "Read my Panga" is called education...we are all doomed.

  • Moeketsi Sylvester Ntseki - 2012-08-25 08:34

    KwazuluNatal want to take over all organizations in tripatite alliance..that is not gonna work.

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