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By Kingdom Mabuza, Vusi Xaba and Canaan Mdletshe | Mar 08, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 112 ]

To hell with 'new apartheid'!

THE ANC government is building an apartheid economy, Zwelinzima Vavi said in Johannesburg yesterday.

"When we celebrated democracy we said we have political freedom and we said yes our leaders are in Parliament, but in economic terms wealth is accrued by capitalists.

"We have political medals on our neck but the economic jewel is residing elsewhere," he said.

Vavi said this to thousands of workers after handing over a memorandum against Gauteng's e-tolling system at premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office in Johannesburg.

The marchers had earlier stopped at the department of labour's offices in Braamfontein, where they also handed over a memorandum against Labour Brokering.

Vavi said the ANC government, after dismantling the apartheid system based on race, was now creating a similar system based on economic classes.

"Just as we made apartheid unworkable, we will make this system (economic apartheid) unworkable.

"We defeated the apartheid government which excluded our people based on colour. This government is coming with a new apartheid - economic apartheid.

"To hell with economic apartheid. These are our roads. Use the tax that we are already paying to fix roads," Vavi said.

He said there was an intense class battle going on in the country and that workers had to defend their rights.

"We do not need the tolling system because it will put an added burden on our shoulders," Vavi said.

He said yesterday's march was to fire the first warning shot.

"We have lots of bullets in our chambers. If they insist that tolling will start on the 28 (March) and we must pay, just as we made apartheid unworkable, we will make the system unworkable," he said.

Despite Cosatu's threats, government is going ahead with e-tolling in Gauteng.

Government said it would contribute R5,8billion in a bid to minimise the cost to motorists using toll gates.

On labour brokers, government has proposed that instead of a total ban, they should be regulated.

Vavi also lambasted the ANC's Jackson Mthembu for saying workers were exaggerating their poverty.

"The ANC is wrong on this one," Vavi said.

But the ANC yesterday said it was disappointed by Vavi's remarks and would respond at an appropriate platform.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini led a march in KwaZulu-Natal where he demanded that President Jacob Zuma ban labour brokers and scrap e-tolling.

Similar marches were also held in Limpopo, Free State and Mpumalanga.

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A voice dat speaks for the Poor speaks for the majority of this country, 2gada we stand to win divided we fall

Mar 08, 2012 9:27 | 0 replies

LOL
Austrians are the ones who keep their kids in cellars and Australians are the ones who shag sheep. Easy to confuse the two

Mar 08, 2012 10:19 | 0 replies

MommaC: OUCH!!!!! Sharp that.

Mar 08, 2012 10:20 | 0 replies

I am just having a problem with names that start with the letter "J" recently: Jimmy, Jacob, Jackson, Juju.......

Mar 08, 2012 10:22 | 0 replies

MommaC - Hehe, we were playing an Australian team at Battlefield a few weeks ago. Didnt take long before similiar insults started flying to-and-fro.

Intense rivalry between us and them :P

Mar 08, 2012 10:22 | 0 replies

*feeling slightly better*

Then,at least, I am in good company :)

Mar 08, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

I am certain Jackson was drunk when he said workers were exaggerating their poverty

Mar 08, 2012 10:25 | 0 replies

OK

Austrians - cellar shaggers
Australians - sheep shaggers

I think I got it

Mar 08, 2012 10:27 | 0 replies

Zuma, Mantashe and Jackson must go. they are not helping us.

Mar 08, 2012 10:31 | 0 replies

This is what Zuma said after the march:

"Vavi feels betrayed by the ANC for its silence on eTolls. Reason: We....I mean SANRAL will make Billions through e-Tolling. We honor done deals."

Zuma MUST GO............................

Mar 08, 2012 10:32 | 0 replies

Zuma on tweeter again:

"COSATU is like Winnie. Annoying, Juju groupies, attention-seeking yet well-intentioned, but missing the point."

With this type of ignorance, Zuma, "Khaphle" Mantashe and "Wacko Jacko" Mthembu MUST GO............................

Mar 08, 2012 10:36 | 0 replies