Vavi trying to capture alliance - Zille

2012-04-25 08:26

Cape Town - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is building a power base from which he will attempt to capture the tripartite alliance at the ANC's 2017 conference, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille told students at the University of Stellenbosch on Tuesday.

Zille said in a speech that it was time South Africans saw through the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), which wanted to "keep unemployed people excluded from jobs and economic opportunities, to protect its power base".

"As the internal battle in the ANC heats up, and Cosatu jockeys for more of the power, it has cleverly tried to paint itself as the 'internal opposition' inside the tripartite alliance," Zille said.

Interests of the poor

"It is clear that Zwelinzima Vavi is engaged in a campaign to construct for himself a power base, from which he will attempt to capture the alliance at the ANC's 2017 conference."

Zille said that if Vavi wanted to run the country, he should "put his name on the ballot and stand for election".

"We already have an electoral mandate from three million South Africans - something Mr Vavi does not.

"If he wants to run this country, then he should put his name on the ballot and stand for election, but I'm not holding my breath." Zille said.

Cosatu was the main blockage in the road to job creation and redress for millions of South Africans.

"I say it may seem irrational to many because Cosatu has built up a brand over the years as being the defender of the poor, supposedly acting with their interests at heart. But is this brand accurate? It is not."

Zille said it was clear that President Jacob Zuma's government was in office, but was not in power.

Zille comments absurd - Cosatu

Cosatu later described Zille's comments as "ludicrous and defamatory".

Spokesperson Patrick Craven said her outburst was motivated by envy at the union federation's ability to mobilise millions of South Africans of all races in its campaigns.

"Something she knows she can never do," he said.

Craven said Vavi was a popular and respected, democratically elected workers' representative who was mandated by members.

"Comrade Vavi has repeatedly denied that he has any ambitions other than to be a workers' representative and a spokesperson of the exploited and poor majority of South Africans," Craven said.

Vavi had resisted pressure to stand for the African National Congress's national executive committee, thinking it would undermine his position as the voice of the workers.

"There is not a word of truth in Zille's absurd allegation against him," Craven said.

The suggestion that Zuma's government was in office, but not in power was "ridiculous", he said.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-04-25 08:39

    It clear that zille is envious all this allegation against comrade vavi are clear indication of delusions -conditioned by envy

      renegade - 2012-04-25 09:01

      who wants to listen to her old, bitter a$$ anyway? If the D.A had any dignity, she would be in more $h*t then malema for her refugee comments...

      Loo - 2012-04-25 09:01

      Envious ??? of what ?? Her province tops the charts in all aspects of governance. the only ones envious is the other dysfunctional provinces. The ANC hates her for being so succesful ,why ??? ,, cause she makes her peers look stupid and incompetent which by they way they are.

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-04-25 09:19

      Loo are okay mate why would anc hate her-shes not addressing the masses but pin pointing minor stuffs which turn to influence people who are naïve like yourself

      Smile - 2012-04-25 09:33

      @ rasthami.m1 and renegade- get off the site, you dont have any purpose here.. The DA and Zille has done more for South Africa in a few short terms than the ANC has done in its entire miserable lifespan. Of course you would never admit it because admiting it would mean you admiting you are an idiot. VIVA!!!

      Smile - 2012-04-25 09:58

      Yes I am white, but I have to disagree with the "narrow minded commment," since I can see through ANC b%llsh*t and yours ;) Let's face the facts; racism is everywhere, I think you are noticing in Capetown since they are screaming "RACISM" because the dirty tender monet dried up there :) Let me geus rathami? You havent goten your slice of the pie?

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-04-25 10:10

      Well smile the only thing you saw through was those toilets which were unenclosed a total sign of disregard to black people imagine having that person as a leader-you white are bitter that finally a black person is no longer a baas boy

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 02:43

      More likely your own people broke the toilets apart for shack building materials.

      Werner Smit - 2012-04-27 11:59

      Rasthami, do you understand that the DA only has 3 million supporters. Most of them work so they can't just take the day off to go strike for whatever reason. They are also mostly educated and trying hard to run their own business. They don't get government tenders because they're not from previously disadvantaged groups, so they have to work amongst themselves. Everyone does it, it's easier to grow and control smaller communities. Cosatu on the other hand can easily mobilise millions of people. And they are proud of this fact. But what you fail to realise is that there are officially around 12 million unemployed people in south africa. Then another 15 million earning minimum wage. COSATU draws on these people, these poor, weak, uneducated helpless people. COSATU needs these people, and COSATU needs them to stay poor so that they will keep needing COSATU. Just think, do you want to support a group of people who do not have your best interest at heart?

      Dennis - 2012-05-04 09:14

      Guess you cant see the wood for the trees bud, open your eyes and see.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-05 23:25

      ANC politics pre-Mangaung (Bloemfontein - fountain of flowers) is quite symbolic: Ring-a-ring-a-roses, A pocket full of posies; Hush! hush! hush! hush! We’re all tumbled down. Maybe they, the ANC "Alliance" should take notice......

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-04-25 08:40

    It clear that zille is envious all this allegation against comrade vavi are clear indication of delusions -conditioned by envy

      Felix - 2012-04-25 09:22

      By your own logic you are envious of Helen. Fail rasthami.

      Smile - 2012-04-25 09:37

      rasthami.m1 - Why would she be envious over an uneducated communist? (I love how ANC people are like children, they cant find anything wrong with Zille so they call her names- or say she is envious, LOL) Rasthami.m1 you should join Julias in the prison shower.

      Dennis - 2012-05-04 09:17

      What an arse

  • mnbain - 2012-04-25 08:49

    GadZilla... you just sound bitter

  • Loo - 2012-04-25 08:59

    Spot on Helen. Hungry people are easier to influence and intimidate. Simple as that.

  • Psalm - 2012-04-25 09:17

    It seems Zille is going senile....

      Smile - 2012-04-25 09:39

      O what a witty comment Psalm, bet it took you your whole entire morning to write it/

      Psalm - 2012-04-25 10:21

      @ Smile And yours, no doubt characteristically inane.

      Jason - 2012-04-26 07:46

      Sometimes I wish the Western Cape wasn't so well run, so many people moving here.

  • Loo - 2012-04-25 09:20

    Renegade ... making that comment just support the fact that you and similar opions to yours are grasping at straws. If her "refugee" comments are the single biggest thing you can find in criticising her, it means that shes doing very very well as a leader ... just look what the her PEERS do dude ,, laughable ,, seriously

  • Jairaj - 2012-04-25 09:21

    Zille is so full of it. Vavi has never even hinted at such ambitions. Vavi turned down a position on the ANC NEC, and obvious first step if he harboured any such ambitions. It would be great if Vavi did have such ambitions if you ask me, but clearly he doesn't. He is a worker leader with integrity - nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-25 09:25

    If Zwelenzima Vavi wants to do that, why not. Communism is long abandones elsewhere - why does SA still have a Communist Party?

  • ideal.selepe - 2012-04-25 09:26

    i hate whn ppl making noise abwt hw western cape z so perfact gorven it realy makes me sick, i wish Hellen Zille can speak abwt high level of racisim in d overburg community ppl r treated lyk animals here n she z doing nothing 2 chalange dis evil doing

      Jacqui - 2012-04-28 12:54

      I was going to say 'get better soon' but changed my mind.

  • Smile - 2012-04-25 09:45

    If Zille says it then it means it's most likely true, so here will be more infighting in 2017 amongst ANC rejects? More exciting news? Hopefully by then they would have already self destruct :) *smile holds his fingers crossed, VIVA DA!!! VIVA ZILLE!!!

      Zuko Mabope - 2012-04-25 09:58

      You forget that there are many of us who still remember. who didnt suffer amnesia. and there are many of us who see through this so called criticism of our black government as nothing more than new age racism. we will stand and we will never ever again allow oppression from the likes of you. we instead will be steadfast and we will put our own house in order.

      Smile - 2012-04-25 10:04

      LOLOLOLOL, GO and get a dictionairy and look up racism :) It isnt racism if you cant work as a tenderentreupreneur, cant feed your kids because you are to lazy to work ;( ITS CALLED CApTILISM

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 02:39

      Zuko I'm sorry to tell you, but you guys just don't have it in you. All you've done in 18 years is pull this country through your backsides. Your government has squandered our tax money, bankrupted municipalities and failed to deliver basic services to name a few! You've proven your lack of intelligence by your ignorant comments and your racist beliefs. It's people like you that hold this country back, hiding behind apartheid and blaming everyone and everything for your inability to succeed without our handouts and uplifting from those of us who are working and paying taxes to support you. But you know what? We don't have to do anything, your ANC is doing it all for us by their continued incompetence and corruption, that even your own people are starting to see right through them,their lies and empty promises. So enjoy it while you can, one of these days you're going to actually have to work for a living, pay taxes and pay your own bills like the rest of us.

  • Zuko Mabope - 2012-04-25 09:53

    Helen shud get off the dinner table talk. first refugees and fake apologies now Vavi. we understand that she and he cronies are trying to build a new volkstad but please stop doing so on the backs of black people, we beg you. call us refugees and now u attack our leaders, this smacks of racism and off course western cape dinner table talk. i speak as a private citizen and i'm not a government employee so please dont sue me. seems to me using the courts to silence ppl is a norm here too.

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 02:23

      You are a racist

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-25 10:02

    Educated people are not stupid like some of the comments made here she can see whats happening in this country like millions of us do.

  • Jane - 2012-04-25 10:46

    I always wonder what motivates peoples negative comments towards Helen Zille? The western cape is the best run province, with the least amount of corruption. Are some people really so narrow minded that they would rather support the incompetent, corrupt, money grabbing ANC than a party run by a white women. To all the ANC and Julius supporters, please tell us what great things Julius has done for his people? Your beloved leaders live in mansions and drink the finest wines, jet around the world for every function they can grab an invite to and wear designer clothes while their loyal supporters live in shacks and have no food, they stand begging at the robots and knock on our doors for clothes and food, while your leaders are entertaining and driving around in Mercedes Benz. And yes we all know they freed you from the shackles of apartheid but that was a more than a decade ago, and since then, crime has gotten worse, poverty has increased, squatter camps have expanded, and unemployment is affecting millions. So please enlighten us all and tell us what your great leaders have done for you?

      Jacqui - 2012-04-28 12:57

      Jane, Helen Zille is white, that's her only crime. Black racists can't stand that. O.K. she whines too much at times, I feel.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-05 23:31

      Jet engines "Whine" - and look at their POWER......:-)

  • Walker - 2012-04-26 00:29

    it is the agenda of the heartless capitalists and liberals to always try and divide our people,so statements by zille do not come as a suprise to some of us,she is hell bent on discrediting the powerful forces of our revolution but she easily forget that those who came before her failed,she is just using the platform for poor political points,cosatu was not formed yesterday but was active during difficult time of our struggle when her predecessors were busy killing our people!!

      Jacqui - 2012-04-28 12:58

      Walker, your revolution never took place. Stop making the achievements of others your own.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-05 23:33

      You made a spelling mistake.....revolution....nah...."revolting" is what has actually happened...the prince has turned into a frog....

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  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 02:03

    Cosatu is just as skelm as the ANC. Always working a angle to try and get in on the action and take over. You've got my vote Helen!

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 02:13

    Reading the comments on's clear some brothers here are somewhat delusional. They'll keep voting ANC, even if it means we all live in squalor with no services, probably cause they are accustomed to it. And all because they refused to be oppressed again. All we want is an equal south africa, with people in charge who know what they are doing and are making intelligent decisions and using our tax money for good, unlike your ANC corrupt government that doesn't care about you, they're only in it for themselves. Mr Mandela wanted a new south africa, a democratic south africa, a country where we are all equal. Tell me, how is affirmative action and BEE not a racist practice? Why would you not want the most qualified person doing the job? You'd rather have a person of colour in a position who is not qualified

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-27 02:20

      Don't you see by doing that, we end up in a situation where all our services and institutions suffer because people are not getting the work done efficiently or at all. Hardly anyone in this country even pays tax, hardly anyone pays for electricity, everything in this country costs us a fortune because most people are getting a free ride. Every month things get more expensive but our pay doesn't go up. Come on guys, its been 18 yrs and now, let's do the right thing and vote to make our country better for all of us, not just the fat cats in government.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-28 12:59

      Nikki B84, well said. Thank you.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-28 12:52

    Zille should stop stamping on people's toes and get on with her job. Sometimes she can be a proper whiner.

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