Vavi responds to debate

2012-09-19 07:33

Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said there was consensus on where the federation was going, although some delegates appeared to disagree.

"There is complete consensus in terms of where we should go to moving forward," he said on Tuesday.

"Everyone is saying we need unity... we are going to have to drop the baggage of pre-yesterday and move forward as a united movement."

Vavi was responding to debate on a report he presented earlier to the Congress of SA Trade Union's 11th national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Affiliates of Cosatu spent the afternoon debating the report.

Vavi said the input from affiliates on the political report "falls into the trap of denialism to the extent of the problems at hand".

Unemployment, poverty and income inequality in South Africa could not be termed "challenges" but should be seen as "crises", he said.

A delegate from Popcru interrupted to complain that Vavi should summarise points made in the debate, not debate it himself.

This led to a heated argument among affiliates about Vavi's input. He then cut short his response.

The congress resolved to continue the debate and take resolutions on the report on Wednesday.
The congress ends on Thursday.

  • john.cryink - 2012-09-19 07:56

    Please vavi, cosatu please disband and disappear

      phillip.cwazibe - 2012-09-19 08:06

      Or become a full fledged political party?

  • allan.keyzer - 2012-09-19 08:07

    Cosatu needs to split with the marriage of convenience with the ANC and test its policies with the electorate in 2014.

  • jakobus.thulasizwe - 2012-09-19 08:52

    Vavi is coward, a populist that will never lead the ANC at any given time. He does not have a stand. what an opportunity he lost. He had a backing of majority members of Cosatu and ANCYL. If he thinks Zuma will win he had miscalculated. Even if Zuma wins he has been insulting his leadership therefore he had no space in ANC. And if ABZ win still nobody will ever trust him. He must look for business orpotunities otherwise he is doomed.Workers like him because he is a hauler and that is not the case in the ANC.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-09-19 08:55

    STOP hitting around de bush my friend nd start telling us whether u want zuma to lead for a scond term or u prefer de man with dignity mr MOTLHANTHE?

  • Zolile - 2012-09-19 15:54

    The alliance of Cosatu with the ruling party, uKhongolose was good and working during the dark ages of apartheid, now it is not working. Union is there to represent and fight for the protection of their members against the employer. I personally feel that the workers are jeopardised by the fact that their same union is sharing a bed with the same employer they are expected to 'fight' with. In my world the alliance amounts to conflict of interest, the rights of the workers are compromised by the union. As a matter of fact in the current S A Politics many union leaders are there for their fat bank cheques, they are not even in touch with the needs of their members. Check where they are staying, the cars they are driving, where their kids attend schools, etc. I would not mind this especially if these union leaders were delivering.

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