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Vavi rejects Zuma's appeal

By Kingdom Mabuza | Mar 01, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 24 ]

COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has rejected President Jacob Zuma's call to union leaders to serve on the ANC's top decision-making structures.

Vavi yesterday said union leaders who served on structures such as the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) risked causing confusion among workers and compromising their independence.

"It will compromise the individual concerned because of obvious reasons. When the ANC moves in any direction all of its leaders must without exception move in that direction."

This, Vavi said, could cause conflict if Cosatu's central committee, its highest decision-making body in between congresses, contradicted the ruling party.

"If you are also the face of the other organisation, when you now turn around to reflect the new mandate, people will be confused."

Vavi was addressing journalists in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, after the opening of Cosatu's new headquarters. He was responding to Zuma, who had earlier called for the labour federation's leaders to avail themselves for election onto the ruling party's NEC.

Zuma was guest speaker at the event which was attended by leaders of Cosatu affiliates, and who are also members of the federation's central executive committee.

Zuma had earlier said: "It is the weakness for workers not to be in the ANC and influence the direction of the ANC. Because its policies and programme could be influenced by others who are part of this broad church.

"Not just in the branch region or zone or province but at a place where decisions are taken, the NEC," he said.

"We may at times differ on strategies and tactics of achieving a prosperous South Africa, but as members of the alliance our objectives remain the same.

"The ANC as a disciplined force of the left with a bias towards the poor and the working class needs to continue working with Cosatu and the SACP and to continue with the tradition of facing challenges together."

Although Cosatu has declared its support to the current ANC leadership, there are talks about whether to back their re-election at the party's elective conference in December.

At the ANC's 52nd conference in Polokwane, Vavi rejected nomination to serve on the ANC's NEC. Zuma has urged for closer cooperation between Cosatu and the ANC, citing historical ties in the fight against apartheid.


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Zuma started to tell the Unions that he is a worker, now he is inviting it leaders to be part of ANC NEC. This is a clear attempt of making them not be against him in Mangaung.

I remain proud of C'de Vavi because he is still unshaken unluck Blade. As for Zuma, it will be very hard to outsmart us.

Mar 01, 2012 9:9 | 0 replies

Viva comrade, I salute you

Mar 01, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies

HALALA Zuma you fired malema thinking you will win COSADTU KUPHI KHONA...Come mangaung you are history with your derick henekom's, suzan shabangu, etc...

Mar 01, 2012 11:20 | 0 replies

Vavi is more than right. It is ANC' s calibre to silence those who are vocal about true politics. Look at Blade toothless since Serving as MEC. Gwede the sick man of SA politics, a pupet, a yes Man. you can't even describe if he is an ANC, SACP or COSATU. Go VAvi Go, never joint the fat class of ignorant political Id!ots

Mar 01, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies

We regret why we said Zuma must lead us, Mbheki was 100% correct in most decision, he nver dismiss his comrades no matter what but zuma he always like to be respected and his ANC, during mbheki he would first listen and took the decision, He never comment on Fikile Mbalula or ANCYL.. but showerman he is quickly on responding because he still admires manority and scared of taking right decisions.

Vavi make sure you represent the poor and workers of south africa like julius and they won't fire you.

Mar 01, 2012 11:26 | 0 replies

ayee ayee shower is trying mix water with engine oil hahahhahaha
you are next with ur cronies

Mar 01, 2012 11:31 | 0 replies

Vavi must tell Zuma to stick it where the sun does not shine!

They want to weaken the union so that they can exploit the workers, noways, Vavi dont let them turn you into a sell out.

Mar 01, 2012 11:49 | 0 replies

Wowo really wise move Zuma i must say but you cant win all people this time around you fired Malema now you want back - up this aint a game try the Sanctions

Mar 01, 2012 12:20 | 0 replies

Vavi dont let them fool you please you are our last hope if they get you we are dead.

Mar 01, 2012 1:35 | 0 replies

This has absolutely nothing to do with trade unions being represented on the ANC National Executive but everything to do with Jacob Zuma campaigning for the ANC presidency among workers. Is Jacob Zuma really a worker? Kgalema Motlanthe was Secretary-General of the National Union of Mineworkers. Zuma knows that workers are not immune from being gullible victims of his propaganda. Amazing what an activist with Standard 2 can do heh! Even graduates like Blade Nzimande fall on their knees worshipping the polygamist from Nkandla. We all have to eat, but this has gone too far. People have to think, even it is for a minute!

Mar 01, 2012 2:49 | 0 replies

truthhurt: On this we are agreed.

Mar 01, 2012 3:2 | 0 replies