Scrap wasteful provinces - Vavi

2011-12-20 16:21

Johannesburg - The African National Congress (ANC) needs to clean house and rid itself of corrupt blue flies and mosquitoes, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, said on Tuesday.

"As we go to celebrate the anniversary [of the ANC], let's find the most appropriate Doom to chase out the mosquitoes and flies, Vavi told the media in Johannesburg.

"There's no person I've known to abandon their home to flies and mosquitoes," he said.

He said a line needed to be drawn in the sand, guided by "revolutionary morality" which saw the scrapping of wasteful provincial structures and corruption from within the ANC's ranks.

"Cosatu has been frankly placing on record the type of challenges that we have been facing, of being an incumbent - a ruling party.

"Even the blue flies and mosquitoes are inside the house and they are making life unbearable. They must be shown the door. We can't go to 2014 without showing signs that we are breaking the back of unemployment and poverty," Vavi said.


Referring to the departments that have been placed under administration in Limpopo, Vavi reiterated the federation's stance that provinces needed to be abolished in favour of a stronger national government.

"We want them to be scrapped... provinces play a minimal role, there are all types of wastages. They are the useless layers of government," he said.

Vavi also described some ANC cadres and officials in government as being more interested in their own finances and corrupt activities than they were in eradicating the economic marginalisation of society.

"Gone will be the days that some will hide behind the ANC flag."

He said Cosatu would not shy away from continuing to criticise government and President Jacob Zuma when he has been "dilly dallying" as the country's leader.

However, he did applaud Zuma for reshuffling his Cabinet in the wake of the public protector's investigations into corruption and maladministration.

  • Johan Britz - 2011-12-20 17:33

    Ja, but the problem here is that the ANC are quick to disband things, but always end up keeping the corrupt officials and putting them in different departments, as if that will "fix" their corrupt ways. So this announcement is nothing but talk.

  • Mantsho - 2011-12-20 21:17

    All talk talk talk, l am bored rolling my eyes.

  • Wilfred - 2012-01-04 11:33

    Comrade Vavi is right. The other element that can be added to puzzle is to come up with monitoring and evaluation strategy to weed out office bearers who cannot perform. If for instance there is a lack service delivery and people toyi - toyi that councillor or official must be called to account.

  • fanie.gerber.98 - 2012-06-29 21:30

    re inventing the bloody wheel - W@e HAD less provinces Cape (eastern, northern and western) Natal, Freestate, Transvaal (Gauteng, northwest limpopo Mpumalanga). and we did not want to changes it for risk of.... MALADMINISTRATION and COMPLEXITY - but it was advantageous for the cANCer

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