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Vavi will lead ANC one day, says youth league

By Thabo Mokone | May 03, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 121 ]

ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola has come out in support of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, calling him "the Chris Hani of our times".

Addressing a youth league economic freedom seminar last night at the University of Cape Town, a stronghold of the DA, Lamola said Vavi should never be intimated by a "mouthpiece of monopoly capital", an indirect reference to DA leader Helen Zille, who recently emerged as a fierce Cosatu critic.

Zille had accused Vavi of harbouring ambitions to lead the ANC.

Lamola, who has effectively become the new spokesman for the "economic freedom fighters" following the expulsion of Julius Malema, said Vavi must never apologise for aspiring to lead the ANC.

He said Vavi, like the late Hani, was a selfless leader who was not driven by the desire to enrich himself at the expense of the working class.

"It is the responsibility of the youth league to defend comrade Vavi. We are inspired by comrade Vavi and we will never be told by Helen Zille who comrade Vavi is," said Lamola.

"In our own eyes, when we see comrade Vavi we see comrade Hani, he is the modern- day Chris Hani and is selfless in the struggle for the workers ... he has never pursued self interest or self enrichment.

"Comrade Vavi must never apologise for having an ambition to become a leader of the ANC because former leaders of Cosatu and many trade unions led the ANC," said Lamola in reference to leaders such as Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, who honed their leadership skills in the labour movement before taking leadership positions in the ANC.

Vavi is said to be part of the powerful block that wants a leadership change in the ANC, and the youth league is reportedly planning to nominate him for a position of party national chairman.

"Comrade Vavi must never apologise for having such an ambition because that is where he is going, he will one day lead the ANC, he will one day lead the SACP," he said.

Lamola also hit back at Young Communist League (YCL) general secretary Buti Manamela, who on Tuesday told a Workers Day rally in Durban that the youth league had been taken over by "Superman and Batman" politicians whose interests were positions of power.

Lamola branded Manamela a "coward" who has suddenly found the courage to speak out against the youth league because Malema had been expelled from the ANC.

"The YCL is not an autonomous structure of the SACP, and that's why comrade Buti will never understand why the (ANC) youth league behaves the way it does ... he will never understand this because the YCL is a conveyer belt of messages from the SACP," he said.

Lamola challenged Manamela to directly approach the leadership of the ANCYL to raise his concerns.

"What he said is grandstanding and political opportunism ... he never had the courage to say these things before comrade Julius was expelled ..." said Lamola.

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Cadre Lamola ur killing me "YCL is a conveyer belt of messages from the SACP," you must love the ANCYL polotricks..........

May 03, 2012 9:43 | 0 replies

somaartakeit

is it a clear sign...... or is it just cheap emotive politician talk..... when we hear what zoom zoom has said many times now...... Regarding that 51%, why? for what reason? when going for all the profits then the resource ends up in the hands of these types of people to administer and we have been seeing what they do... look at the public works admission for example its a mess.... look at how much has been waasted through maladmistration of disciplinary cases.... look at who gets to "do" the j0bs when you put a team together you want the best players in that game.... not fat ones in purple suits


so for that 51% not required, because the government governs the laws....so they can just say... in the region you work you must do ........A.skills development projects... or they say you get a tax relief for each guy that becomes skilled that you trained...or something like B. for each project the mine must build a school... and so on

So as an example re Vavi and the labour brokers, government has done this kind of thing and made laws for the employed people, good but that has set the bar high, and the requirements are quite tough for the guy with money to do the mining or any other project. So in the world THAT investment money will find a "home" will find a project. From the government point of view either they use taxes to build mines and take a risk.......or they build houses and roads with the money they have from taxes.

China for example doesent have the laws and so what happens is very many more people get to work...the work that is available is shared around a bit more....

May 03, 2012 10:50 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
Yes Vavi will one day lead ANC but in eastern cape.
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Do you live in the EC?

May 03, 2012 11:2 | 0 replies

The-Rothschilds
KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
Yes Vavi will one day lead ANC but in eastern cape.
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Are you scared that our labour unionists are sleeping with politicians?

May 03, 2012 11:7 | 0 replies

jjq
Are you scared that our labour unionists are sleeping with politicians?
the whole thing must function each playing its part...muscle pulling against bone. if its all just bone its a skeleton, and if its all just muscle its like a jelly fish

they must play their role, must have constructive debate but not be yes guys.....

May 03, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies

@MGEEZ
The current leadership of the ANCYL is not clued up and prepared to adress the issues of the youth Sir they are so pre occupied with their battles with the ANC and themselves, so as an ANCYL member I feel that the youth league is neglecting important programmes.

May 03, 2012 11:17 | 0 replies

MorenaWaPolelo
@JJQ
The ANCYL seems to be clutching for straws the same way Vavi is. Vavi is one of the people who forced Zuma down our throats and when he realized he had backed the wrong horse he shifted agendas. The YL should leave the ANC if they are unhappy with their policies and start their own political organisation.
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Fully agree with you on this one!!
@KeRata

How are you today?? Are you still pisssed off!!
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I'm cool today, wena are you still in denial ?

May 03, 2012 11:32 | 0 replies

@mambaaai
jjq
Are you scared that our labour unionists are sleeping with politicians?
the whole thing must function each playing its part...muscle pulling against bone. if its all just bone its a skeleton, and if its all just muscle its like a jelly fish

they must play their role, must have constructive debate but not be yes guys.....
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I've been multi tasking today. I wanted to say isn't he scared?

May 03, 2012 11:33 | 0 replies

@ JajazQueen

The same Jaja who get insulted for being stupid.
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Askies mabebeza, unfortunately there is no cure for this common ailment.

May 03, 2012 11:36 | 0 replies

@ Mluleki

for me theres a big different between vavi and hani unless i am from another planet

Yes you are unless you name one huge different

May 03, 2012 11:37 | 0 replies

Ag it's nice to know who is going to rob you blind in the future....

May 03, 2012 11:44 | 0 replies