Time to focus on real issues, Vavi says

2012-05-31 21:34

Johannesburg - Cosatu will turn its focus inwards instead of worrying about leadership battles in the ANC, general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday.

"Now our focus is to get Cosatu... to focus on our real issues," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"If we can't do that, we'll kiss the whole revolution goodbye."

These real issues were unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Vavi admitted that the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) had been "defocused by pre-early campaigning for Mangaung".

He was referring to the African National Congress's elective conference to be held in Mangaung, in the Free State, in December. The previous conference was held in Polokwane, in Limpopo.

"Some fellows started campaigning as soon as they left Polokwane," he joked.

If the focus on leadership battles continued, Cosatu could become an "organisation that's eating itself up".

Cosatu would hold its 11th National Congress in September under the theme "Strengthen Cosatu for total emancipation".

Vavi said the theme recognised that Cosatu had been affected by the kind of politics centred on leadership battles.

The congress "will be expected to make a more rigorous assessment, look critically at the trade union movement itself.

"Our priority is not going to be who's going to be the next leader [but rather to] address massive challenges."

The congress would discuss what progress had been made in implementing Cosatu's "2015 Plan" - officially called "Consolidating Working Class Power for Quality Jobs - Towards 2015", adopted in October 2003.

Vavi said South Africa's second decade of democracy had not been successful because of high unemployment, particularly among the youth, while inequality widened and there were around 120 service delivery protests a year.

"Unless Cosatu leaders and its members adopt a new mindset, unless every cadre of the movement adopts a new mindset, our national democratic revolution is in danger of being derailed," Vavi said.

  • Michele - 2012-05-31 21:39

    I don't care what you focus on Vavi, in recent weeks you have lost all credibility in my eyes.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-31 21:51

      Every now and then he makes sense, then...

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-05-31 22:29

      Maybe he should focus on art? Lol...

      John - 2012-06-01 06:04

      I can recal the famous Impala Platinum illegal strike also. He is not a favorite to anyone...doesn't matter on which side of the "boat" he stays. Vavi...Are you still dreaming about "Majorettes on the street"? You are completely defocused of the real issues in this country, but this is convinient for you until Manugang 2012....We all know what song you will sing tommorow.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-06-01 06:54

      This is either a typcial bad article by News24 or a bad speech by Vavi (also typical) - what are the real issues? He only stated one issue that is not.

      deabreu - 2012-06-01 07:11

      Some of the comments made by Cosatu, even individuals from Cosatu on News24 comments, had a heavy racial bias. Cosatu is filled with racist.

      Harold - 2012-06-01 07:13

      I agree Vavi has lost credibility in my eyes having focused so much of his time time brutalising the DA and defending his leaders genitals has put him in the garbage can. A pity I used to like his inputs.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-31 21:48

    Hehehe ja ja ja.

  • bernpm - 2012-05-31 21:49

    "Unless Cosatu leaders and its members adopt a new mindset, unless every cadre of the movement adopts a new mindset, our national democratic revolution is in danger of being derailed," Vavi said. You need a "mind" to be able to "set" it. Tough order for you and your followers with no credibility left.

  • Ben - 2012-05-31 21:56

    Mr. Vavi, should you not also look at salaries when unemployment issues are dicussed. What are the people earning. Maybe you heard on the news that a certain town manager is earning R2m. p.a. A salary of R500,000 is more reasonable as any fool can bugger up service delivery. You dont require a degree for that. Now how many people could have had jobs with the remaining R1,5m?

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2012-05-31 21:58

    I think the nation has had enough SLOGANS & the REVOLUTIONARY SOUNDING rhetoric. Action & solution-oriented leadership is needed now more than ever!!!!

  • Jean - 2012-05-31 21:59

    Vavi... after intimidating DA protesters, defending their illegal march, focusing on stupid things like paintings and being part of the problem, stopping youth employment and using their political power on making sure they benefit from the ruling party, they really want us to believe they care and has SA's best interest at heart?

      Sharon - 2012-05-31 22:56

      @ Jean, I think Vavi's biggest problem is his short attention span. His attention is so easily diverted, he loses focus on real issues. And thinking hard makes his head hurt.

      yola.dabula - 2012-05-31 23:01

      Ignorance is amazingly blissful isn't it Jean

      mike.leggatt.3 - 2012-05-31 23:01

      Actually I think all this is a reaction to Lindiwe's speech yesterday...

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:42

      Yola, ignorance blissful?. You should know.

  • Burtfred - 2012-05-31 22:06

    What revolution?

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:43

      Burtfred, I was wondering too what revolution I have missed.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-05-31 22:25

    \If we can't do that, we'll kiss the whole revolution goodbye.\ Did I miss something? Oh damn ooooops... We referring to the \spear revolution\ or the \e-toll rev\?

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-31 22:27

    People who are still paying attention to this clown called zwelinzima vavi are real dreamers, year in and year out his always talking about how cosatu is going to tackle the real issues that are affecting south Africans today is June 2012 and still cosatu and vavi have not found any solutions yet because the real problems that are affecting south Africans are the ANC and cosatu.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:44

      Walter, the people don't want focus,they want results. With Vavi it's a lost cause.

  • walter.sesay1 - 2012-05-31 22:33

    That`s a positive message for our leaders and politicians, to put more focuses on the real issues facing the country!

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-05-31 22:43

    ANYWAY.... Vavi that's a poor statement coming from tHe rich! You know what to do with it hahaha

      lebogang.moganene - 2012-05-31 22:57

      Vavi must not focus on leadership battle but focusing on rebuilding unity in diversity towards the national congress 2 become successful

  • jonas.moacwiemang - 2012-06-01 00:55

    All along what you have been doing? South Africans are suffering. To you to consilodate you just campaigning for Mangaung conference nd september conference of Cosatu. I wounder the position you are holding you will be there until when or ga Jeso a boa.

  • jonas.moacwiemang - 2012-06-01 00:56

    All along what you have been doing? South Africans are suffering. To you to consilodate you just campaigning for Mangaung conference nd september conference of Cosatu. I wounder the position you are holding you will be there until when or ga Jeso a boa.

  • Ian Craig - 2012-06-01 02:32

    What an idiotic moron! This peanut will bring no value to the plight of workers in SA. His only focus is (and ALWAYS will be) self enrichment. The time for him to move on is long, long overdue. Show me one happy worker and I'll show you a million unhappy ones. He's achieved sweet f*** all during his tenure in office!!

  • Koos - 2012-06-01 04:04

    How many jobs were saved/created by Cosatu since their inception?

      Kevin - 2012-06-01 06:17

      Koos the answer is - a big fat ZERO - NONE - NOTHING - just lots of chinese made T Shirts

  • Mtshengu - 2012-06-01 05:32

    Viva on that one !this is the trade union movement we all envisage !wait to be called workerist

  • brandon.gillbee - 2012-06-01 05:33

    Unemployment, poverty and inequality can all be solved by educating the people. Put the DA in charge of education and watch poverty, unemployment and inequality decline. The DA is the key to turn this country around. In the Cape they build more RDP houses than the ANC did when they were in charge, unemployment has gone down since they it took over and crime has gone down by something crazy like 90%. If Vavi really cared about these things he would vote DA, that would empower the people more than any protest.

      martin.sei - 2012-06-01 08:39

      ANC will govern until jesus comes back. Go to zim with your DA

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:46

      Martin, by repeating what Zuma said, you are a parrot.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-01 06:14

    COSATU is a joke - still operating in a time capsule - socailism failed - easiest thing in the world to burn and destroy other peoples property. Creating jobs and advancing the country takes hard work, something foreign to Comrade Vavi and kin ....

  • joemols - 2012-06-01 07:12

    What issues? Hardcore stealing?

  • joemols - 2012-06-01 07:12

    What issues? Hardcore stealing?

  • joemols - 2012-06-01 07:12

    What issues? Hardcore stealing?

  • Loo - 2012-06-01 08:52

    O..MM..F. .. so they are in a revolution still ??? IOW. They seek constitutional reform as they surely still want the ANC to rule. That means stricter BEE rules, more money for the average worker. Problem is that the avg. worker in RSA is rated as one of the most inefficient workforces in the world. That coupled with the useless labour law (allowing no one to get fired)makes it worse. You CAN not uplift the poor to be equal to the educated (black and white)in 20 years without totally destroying the economy of a country. Especially since only 20% of the country is carrying the taxbill. And stop saying its mostly govt that has to increase salaries .. THE people and businesses carry the govt. Do not slaughter the hen that lays the golden eggs.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-01 09:00

    Jesus is here already all around us all the time so be careful what you say.

  • ThinkingChick - 2012-06-01 10:10

    Oooh, another section of the ANC stalwarts enraged by recent actions. Zuma's support seems to be splintering :D

  • Mazimba - 2012-06-01 10:24

    Enough talk. The revolution won't be published on News24 Vavi. Please, start action now.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:48

      Mazimba according to Vavi the revolution is almost finished, according to you it must still start. Always speaking with a split tongue. No wonder we are confused.

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  • Mark - 2012-06-01 11:55

    This tripartite alliance really thinks the S A public is stupid. Vavi is part of the gravy train and while he earns R500.00O a year it's obvious that he will focus on the hand that feeds him [ANC] Can somebody please identify or start an other party who cares for the well being of the people on the ground. You'll have my vote anytime.

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-01 12:40

    Like making up stories about Helen Zille I suppose. Another gravy train passenger.

  • Moeketsi - 2012-06-02 06:31

    i hope the ideas filters through to the whole union leadership, leave the succession debate to the anc and focus more on issues affecting the working class, youth unemployment and widening inequality. you are the real voice of the poor. viva, cde vavi,viva

  • Magome - 2012-06-02 09:16

    The real politics in this country are not discussed in detail to a great extent that they can create a path for dialogue! We are emancipating ourselves & consuming our pseudo-intellectual capacity in issues that are shallow & do not have value. Everyone can write a book about "Zuma's spear portrait" but a few can even say about the future of this country on social grounds, health care system, proper education system, proper service delivery, amendment of foreign policy, government employing intellectuals who are jobless! Etc. I call this "political paradigm shift" and the youth is hungry to know more about the future not about who is in power because it is something we can not change.

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