'ANC policies must be different to those of the DA'
THE ANC should strive to create a different identity to that of the DA, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said
"The ANC must, in posture and policy, be different to the DA. The DA is our class enemy. We hope we will go back to basics when the ANC holds its policy conference."
He cited as similarities the two parties' stance on issues like labour brokers and youth wage subsidy.
Vavi blamed ANC blunders which he said contributed and motivated the DA to march against Cosatu to protest against the labour federation's stance on youth wage subsidy.
"The DA seeks to capitalise on the mistakes and own goals some in the leadership score, including such blunders as is the case with [Lieutenant-General] Mdluli who is facing serious accusations," he said.
Vavi said most black people who were part of the DA march to Cosatu house were desperate and bitter because of their conditions in the townships.
"These were not only hired and ill-informed African youths but they represent the face of desperation of the part of the youth who constitute 72% of the unemployed," he said.
"In the DA march you could hardly count the numbers of white males, it was mainly African youth.
"Remember, an empty stomach has no logic or rationality, no sense of history or complexities."
Vavi was addressing Cosatu's international policy conference in Kempton Park yesterday.
Vavi said despite the fact that some nations of the world were trapped in poverty some were spending big on luxurious items.
Vavi cautioned about the nature of the relationship South Africa and the entire continent forms with China.
"Many have called this [relationship] a new type of colonialism, meaning that China is replacing Europe in the colonisation drive."