Speak out, says Vavi

2012-09-03 20:23

Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has vowed to speak out about the wrongs in society in the run-up to the ANC's elective conference in December.

"What I will not do is agree to be blackmailed and to keep quiet when things are going so wrong in society," he said in Johannesburg on Monday.

Addressing Gauteng shop stewards, he said he could not stay silent as some seemed to expect.

"I will not keep quiet. Sorry, if you want me to keep quiet, go and find another person... while Rome is burning."

He said the ANC's national conference in Mangaung in December offered two choices.

The first involved factions so intent on fighting for positions in the leadership battle that they neglected their constituents.

"The movement will be far too divided to fight for a better life for all," Vavi said.

The second option was to deliver to the people.

"We must do everything we have promised our people.... deliver, deliver a better life, deliver, practice what you preach.

"Don't come to conferences and promise the masses the heaven and the earth, and do nothing thereafter. Go and unite the organisation."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions holds its national congress in two weeks.

  • bob.houston.3939 - 2012-09-03 20:26

    It's good that people speak out. That how a democracy is formed!

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-03 21:03

      Vavi, can you please speak out against the poor job that SADTU teachers are doing in educating the youth of this country? Can you ask them why none of them complained that they did not have textbooks to give class with? Can you please explain why they don't want to be tested in the subjects they are teaching? Can you please say how many SADTU teachers helped children of this country to get another SADTU teacher that raped a child into jail? Speak up - we are ALL EARS!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-03 21:36

      @Leonardb1 - we must be careful of liking what people say. We've been down that road SO many times. Telling and Selling do not necessarily result in Doing. Mr Vavi is part of the Alliance. He's had ample time to "not keep quiet". He's had equally ample time to do something. These are all cute soundbites to keep their faces in the media. And the closer to Mangaung, the worse it's going to get. We cannot allow ourselves to be conned again.

      Willie - 2012-09-04 09:09

      Vavi the best yyou can do is to push for the disbandment of this alliance it does not enhance our democracy

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-04 21:42 soon as Cosatu pullout of the alliance, they become just another union, same for SACP their real value is campaigning for the anc.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-03 20:39

    "The second option was to deliver to the people". Um, the second option? That's the government's JOB. That is what they are hired by all of us to do. It's not an option, let alone a second one.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-03 20:55

    Vavi you must either be a union leader or a politician. As Union leader look after the workers you represent, get that job right first.... or give up that job and go into politics one foot in here, and another other there.... leaves the 'you know what' exposed....

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-03 21:42

      R69 deduction from workers' salaries has brought on the latest riot/strike/protest. Sanctioned by the UNION without consulting the workers - and all bucks going into a BUSINESS that the union has a vested interest in. They are already in politricks and business - and so are completely out of the business of representing workers' rights.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-09-03 21:09

    Vavi where you come from? Where is Service delivery?

      nomfundo.mthethwa.77 - 2012-09-03 22:16

      a good question indeed...

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-03 21:18

    You were right to call Zuma “an unstoppable Tsunami,\ as you rallied the entire COSATU membership to rally behind him, practically snatching him out of jail and throwing him in the deep end as the most incompetent, corrupt and immoral President the world has ever seen. Thanks to him and your COSATU, everything is going wrong ... Rome (SA) is burning. The question is ... are you going to stop the “unstoppable Tsunami” at the Mangaung Conferebce and let someone who is capable of putting SA first run the country, or we headed to being another Zimbabwe?

      Jenny - 2012-09-03 21:46

      But WHO is going to replace him? In Kgalema Mothlanthe we have another compromised president who will "owe" Malema a favour. And Mothlanthe, like Zuma, doesn't seem to have an opinion or idea about how to improv the running of the country>

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-03 22:17

      You are right Jenny. Honestly, I don't know. The entire ANC is corrupt to the core. But removing the fish`s head: Zuma, will be a good start. Somehow South Africans need to unite and remove the ANC. The opposition parties have a lot of work to do. Judging by the numerous rebellions [service deliver protests] the average illiterate ANC voter`s vote is up for grabs, and it is up to opposition parties to exploit the current crisis before the ANC regroups

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-03 21:34

    Some trade unionists and politicians will never again hold credibility in the minds of many. The include Vavi, Nzimande and Malema. They are the manipulators who try to stall the development of this country and its people with ideological and personal grudges. The time of reckoning is approaching. Vavi will not be one of those cheered.

  • john.cryink - 2012-09-03 21:47

    Will be nice if cosatu disbands and disappear into history

  • nomfundo.mthethwa.77 - 2012-09-03 22:14

    vavi u r so late,WE hv waited for too long for the ANC to deliver nw ts time for them to step down

      comfort.mothupi - 2012-09-03 22:50

      LIKE many ANC people i say, wait, watch and learn...ANC will be in power again - unless u kill 60% of south AFRICAN.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-03 22:38

    Mr Vavi,you may be sincere,but the tide you swimming against is too strong.But history has proven even until recently all over the world that the will of the masses always prevail eventually,if the governance fails.

  • tw2066 - 2012-09-04 06:15

    Thanks Mr, Vavi - in that case, you are no good at what you do. If you were we would be creating jobs not shedding them. You are an idiot, the private sector and big business creates jobs, not your alliance partner .. the ANC.By slagging and battering business you are complicit in killing jobs. You members are so busy demanding and being killed - they are too blind to see that the country is in decile. A decline you helped to engineer. Finally, your ANC partners obsession with your new Imperialist masters - China - is going to make us all slaves to the Yellow man. If you cant see this then you are a blind idiot who is no good at what you do. Thanks For The Opportunity Sir,

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-04 08:28

    Wrongs in SOCIETY? You do mean cosatu and the anc, right? Maggot-infested carcasses ! Partners in crime! The end is nigh!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-04 08:28

    Wrongs in SOCIETY? You do mean cosatu and the anc, right? Maggot-infested carcasses ! Partners in crime! The end is nigh!

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