Vavi agrees that the ANC is in crisis

2011-06-27 16:35

Midrand - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Monday agreed with President Jacob Zuma's assessment that the ANC was in crisis.

"I agree with the president," he said on the sidelines of the Congress of SA Trade Unions' central committee meeting in Midrand.

He declined to elaborate, advising the media to listen to his secretariat report, before realising that the session in which the report is to be delivered on Tuesday was closed to the media.

In a copy of the report distributed to delegates, Vavi described the past three-and-a-half years as "probably... the most dynamic and volatile" in South African politics.

He said a "powerful, corrupt, predatory elite combined with a conservative populist agenda to harness the ANC to advance their interests" had emerged during this period.

‘Political paralysis’

He also referred to the development of "political paralysis" in the state and the ANC's alliance with Cosatu and the SA Communist Party.

"In other words, we have seen intensification of ongoing contestation within the alliance, the ANC and the state, unfolding deepening contradictions, and wild zig-zagging in the political direction of the country," Vavi said in the report.

He said Zuma had responded to the political debates unfolding in the country.

Zuma, who attended the meeting, used it to reiterate the stance of the government and the ANC on the nationalisation of the mines and land reform - which was raised by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema at its elective conference earlier this month.

Vavi said that Cosatu would assess the ANC's leadership during the four-day meeting, but would not pronounce on the matter as it was "not appropriate".

In the secretariat report, he said Cosatu had made a "mistake" in focusing on the ANC's top six leaders at its last elective conference and leaving the national executive committee (NEC) - the ANC's top decision-making body - "for others to decide on".

‘Zuma, Mantashe should be defended’

He said Zuma and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe should be defended when the ANC elected new leaders in 2012. The ANCYL wants them replaced.

"Currently, the only people running a campaign for the removal of the two are the elements of the new class of tenderpreneurs," Vavi said in the report.

"If they succeed in this campaign, the ANC as we have known it will be history."

He warned that there was a risk that "the very country will be sold to the highest bidder".

"Anything which is done by these comrades [Zuma and Mantashe] or ourselves to deepen their vulnerability to attack must be avoided."

Vavi also warned, in the secretariat report, that this faction may retain Zuma, but surround him with a "right-wing NEC to corrode his political support base" and "ultimately pull the carpet from under his feet".

He criticised the ANC's current leadership for committing mistakes which had made it "difficult for Cosatu to effectively mobilise support of its constituency".

"Some actions by the ANC leadership have tended to discredit itself and have unnecessarily placed itself in opposition to Cosatu," he said.

  • Smindlo - 2011-06-27 16:42

    We in the DA would want to see this country functioning properly and would like to see the president doing the job taxpayers pay him to do not delivery of speeches at some communist event..

      Michael - 2011-06-27 17:50


      Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 18:17

      Right! Communism has been proved not to work. So why is Zuma sprouting communist rhetoric? Once again Zuma tells people what they want to hear.... talk to union types and sprout left-wing clichés, speak to businessmen and sprout business-talk! Unions are elitist organizations of the employed!

  • Ngwenya47 - 2011-06-27 16:44

    Now that we all agree that there's a crises perhaps we should call for the Government to step down and have a general election. Or does that only happen in a democracy?

      BoB - 2011-06-27 17:03

      But if cosatu`s main agenda is lobbying for positons,who`s left to stand for the workers?

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 17:09

      Sadly...If that were to happen tomorrow. THEY would still win by a landslide. Government are untouchable for now & in the forseeable future. Hence the arrogance & the rule & divide tactic that diverts attention from problems of their own doing. And we all know in South Africa, when things go wrong, they can break into the old " song & dance routine " shout " kill the boer or bring me my machine gun. " All is then forgotten & forgiven & the peoples spirits are lifted & all is well, once again.

      Smindlo - 2011-06-27 17:09

      @Bob, COSATU is full of hypocrites...all they think about is their stomachs and Vavi is no different from the other ANC fatcats.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 17:50

      Smindlo...Agreed 100%.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 18:20

      Unions are elitist organizations of the employed! Unions have NEVER reduced unemployment!

      Christelle - 2011-09-07 16:21

      @Ngwenya - that I am afraid would never happen in Africa. That the ANC is in a crisis is an understatement. Maybe everything which has happened, especially over the past couple of weeks, would turn out for the better. What we can only hope for, is that the masses (specifically the ones we saw over the last couple of weeks) stay away from the polls next year. The DA needs to be very very public now!!!!

  • TerraFic - 2011-06-27 16:47

    More and more are starting to realise why and because of whom this country is going down the drain...

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 16:56

      Too little, too late for now though. One wonders just what shape this country will be in when the DA DOES take power one day. What a shame, it had to come to this.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 18:24

      It is vital that we get as many people to vote DA at the next elections. We took 5% off them in the municipal elections and you can see how the anc are turning on themselves! If we can take another 5% in the next general elections the anc will crap themselves! Vote DA! Viva! Viva Democracy!

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 16:48

    Talk, talk, talk.....Comrades this, comrades that. For fugs sake........DO SOMETHING !!!!!!! Great leadership, normally comes @ a cost somewhere along the line, and no, that cost should not be maintaining 4 or 5 wives & 20+ children !

      Smindlo - 2011-06-27 16:50

      there is another wife coming this space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 18:26

      Only have as many children as you can afford! More than that and you are a leach on society!

  • R.Suppards - 2011-06-27 16:49

    Now the Tripe Apartheid Alliance confesses that they couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery, might it be a good idea to call on the DA for guidance.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 18:28

      Not a moment too soon! Get all the non-DA supporters to support the DA! We need a 5% swing in the next elections! Captain Morgan for President!

  • Schalk - 2011-06-27 16:54

    Wow, exciting day of news. So exciting that I am not getting any work done. But dear ANC, here is one little piece of advice that will solve all your internal problems and automatically eliminate all elements that are harming the cause: Appoint people on merit. People who have earned their position by their competence and character alone not only do a much better job, but also feel an obligation to contribute to the institution that has expressed confidence in the abilities they have worked so hard to develop. I can almost guarantee you that someone who earned a highly contested position based on his good CV and admirable performance in various in-depth interviews will never embarrass the organization to the point of a publicly announced crisis.

  • theprodigy - 2011-06-27 16:59

    we warned the masses about the ANC, instead of leading the coutries transformation, they have led it to the door of the demogogue, the wolf in sheeps clothing. The ANC's greed & incompetence has created a vacuum, one that is quickly being filled by the those that plan to stab the President in the back, just like they did to Ceasar, what happened after Ceasar was killed, Rome was destroyed & burning. Its taken a number of years, we have been warning the masses, if they dont heed this warning before its too late (which it might already be) then 50 million + 5 million Zim refugees will be scratching around in the dirt, while a demogogue sits in a golden throne, with a large tray of grapes & wine for 20 years until the next demogogue stabs him in the back. This is what the people of SA's future will bring, UNLESS, someone, somewhere, stands up & leads the coutry out of the mess the ANC has created.

  • willieman - 2011-06-27 17:00

    ANC is in crisis because there is no leadership,lets be honest Zuma is like a "candle in the wind" he promise everything to everyone. >debacle in Lybia >appointment of Manye no good spin doctor for goverment >Cwele saga >Sicelo case >JQ on gay issues The man is always indecisive if he goes to the left they pull him to right,if he goes to the right the middle calls him to order.Take charge Mr President for pete's sake your are THE CHIEF COMMANDER,Ka sepedi ba re o gomang ka nna

      Bidartbru - 2011-06-27 17:25

      @Willieman, Zuma is like a "candle in the wind" could this be changed to Zuma is like a "fart in a hurricane"?

  • sobeit - 2011-06-27 17:01

    I agree the ANC is the problem, however I believe that Zuma is part of the problem.

  • sobeit - 2011-06-27 17:01

    I agree the ANC is the problem, however I believe that Zuma is part of the problem.

  • Tshepo - 2011-06-27 17:09

    Maybe Mbeki saw what nobody saw, that's why he wanted a 3rd term, so save the ANC from itself. He should have mentored a replacement a long time ago.

      Smindlo - 2011-06-27 17:13

      you mean he saw that HIV does not cause AIDS!! Mbeki is a wicked man and dont even try to make him look like a saint. he is just like the rest of them!!!!

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 17:55

      Mbeki was a little alkie who lost the plot way back when, when he started his anti white campaign. Now his brother.....THATS a different story. Much respect there.

      Blougroen - 2011-06-27 18:09

      @boffinbob - and that is the really sad part - when you start thinking how much better an anti-white alkie was at this governance thing than the present incumbent . . .

  • Chilliginger - 2011-06-27 17:20

    WWWWWWWWWWwwwwoooooOOOOOOWWWWWWWw What a Newsflash Mr Vavi!! ANC in trouble? You say this now in 2011?

  • ANCockup - 2011-06-27 17:20

    Locusts cannot produce they can only destroy.

  • Feds - 2011-06-27 17:33

    That's what happens when you put someone with a standard three education in charge of a country... Is anyone really surprised?

      Blougroen - 2011-06-27 18:11

      Yeah - the ANC will now at least ensure that the next presidential candidate has passed grade 7 woodwork . . .

  • StBad - 2011-06-27 17:33

    When will our government develop a conscience?

      Smindlo - 2011-06-27 17:47

      never!!! it can never happen with both hands in the cookie jar!!!!!

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 18:00

      The ANC lives by the motto : " It's our time now. " Except....they keep forgetting that the " our " includes the rest of us, not just the " inner circle. "

  • JewelZA - 2011-06-27 17:36

    Oh well at least they agree on one thing :) They are keeping up a LONG tradition of dragging this country through crisis after crisis and it is the people, not the players who will suffer yet again.

  • Mlu - 2011-06-27 17:39

    As long as the ANC is in the current state, I will vote DA.

  • jock - 2011-06-27 17:43

    at last you admit there is a crises now do something about the people who are the cause

  • Kwatsha - 2011-06-27 17:44

    I thought Zuma should be given a chance to govern- he paid his dues. To give him a second term wouldn't be wise. South Africa needs more leaders like former President Mbeki- educated, principled men with a vision for the future.

      Smindlo - 2011-06-27 17:48

      Mbeki is an embecile. he must be charged for genocide..over 300K people died as a result of his denialist campaign!!! Mbeki can rot in hell for all I care.

      Carlin - 2011-06-27 18:02

      Mbeki was a businessman. 300K no longer breeding like flies and living off welfare no more. Hard and probably in poor taste (to some), but nevertheless true.

      Larro - 2011-06-28 03:45

      Mbeki has the blood of thousands on his hands. His ignorant, pig headed stance of 'poverty causes AIDS not HIV' prevented the treatment of HIV sufferers who have since died of AIDS.

      Concerned - 2011-06-28 07:31

      @Smindlo,u sound very hateful of Mbeki broer such that you make stupid comments.Relax,the man is retired.I'm sure he is enjoying his Single Malt whiskey reading these articles like me & you.Leave the HIV/Aids stuff aside,it doesn't matter at this stage.Nobody said he'll come back anyway.Let's focus on the present & the gloomy future the post-Polokwane ANC is facing.

  • Tommy - 2011-06-27 17:46

    Methinks the sh*t has hit the fan hey? When smoke comes out the exhaust you have a serious problem that requires urgent attention.

  • Paul - 2011-06-27 17:53

    Get your reading glasses on ...THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL. Nothing more than pigs scuffling for space at the trough.. Soon anarchy !!!!

  • Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 18:07

    The end of the anc is Nigh! It is very important to vote DA in the next elections to maintain some democratic stability.

  • Zupta - 2011-06-27 19:49

    Yes it's warming up . As they say the enemy of the enemy is a friend. I'm waiting for the tripartite split. Sometimes I wish Zille had been in the ANC. This country would have gone a long way forward.

  • Monica - 2011-06-27 20:10

    The only reason why there is a crisis in the ANC is due to theft of funds that is suppose to be used for health; education; proper police force; proper defence force. I have never in my life have seen so much wealth being obtained by government officials; crime; corruption of tenders and shopping sprees on international trips and flying first class; fancy cars and security to protect them. It is time to step down from this Hollywood Lifestyle and start using the funds where it belong! No more private golf courses on government land. 50 million could have build a lot of houses. You remove the rail-roads to make way for this horrible taxi system that you have brought into this country. Stop obtaining more wives and more children that this government has to support. With all the new tax laws that you have brought into this country; we whould live like the people in Monaco; but only a few have benefit from tax payers funds. Stop employing criminals and get your Justice system in order. Re-open the jail at Robben Island and send the criminals there! Get Policemen to patrol the street and street sweepers to clean the streets! Telkom lines are being stolen on a daily basis as you train these criminals in their jobs to install the lines; just so that they can go and remove it again. Stop using tax-payers funds to fund these government criminals in court. Stop paying corrupt government officials that has commited crime a salary! Go and check out your municipalities.

  • al_bundy - 2011-06-27 21:51

    They will never call a general election. They are all gulping for air, clinging to whatever political power is still available. Communism ? Didn't this ideology cease to exist worldwide 20 yrs ago? WTF is ZUMA doing speaking to the last 10 remaining communists in this country?

  • al_bundy - 2011-06-27 22:03

    Peg reminded me to add this .. slim het sy baas gevang. Take that alliance.

  • Concerned - 2011-06-28 07:27

    Ok, we thought the departure of Thabo Mbeki was the dawn of a NEW ERA for the ANC. But he mentioned it in the farewell speech that "History will judge us". Are we better of now??????????????

  • onetickie - 2011-06-28 14:21

    Instead of all of you sitting on the sidelines and watching motor-mouth jARS scream on about what must happen in this country, how he behaves in public, how he incites people into negative thinking and actions AND DOING NOTHING ABOUT HIM ... you now say that the ANC is in crisis! Please Dear God help these idiots!

  • pages:
  • 1