'Delivery sacrificed' - Vavi blasts early sacrifice for Mangaung
COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the ruling party is too preoccupied with campaigning for Mangaung - where the ANC is to hold its elective conference in December - instead of dealing with day-to-day societal issues.
"Our priority is the triple crisis of unemployment, poverty and inequality. This should be a preoccupation of everybody in the movement. And yet the sins of incumbency, as some in the ANC like to put it, make us to be de-focused," Vavi said after the union federation's three-day central executive committee meeting at Cosatu House in Joburg.
Vavi, pictured, criticised the early campaigning for Mangaung, saying some people started as soon as they left the 2007 elective conference.
"They are in a permanent campaign mode. Once an organisation does that, then we must know that organisation is eating itself up."
Vavi said these instances showed how critical the ANC's draft policy document on the renewal of the organisation was.
He said the paper guaranteed the future of the movement, adding that Cosatu would seek a way to influence discussions at the party's policy conference to be held later this month.
Vavi said the paper was "very candid" in talking to the "crisis" the organisation was facing. It talks to the "creeping culture" imported to the capitalists' world that have found their way into the organisation.
"These are the factions that never end, that divide the organisation and take attention away from real issues affecting our people."
He also warned of the danger of abandoning the radical approach of the Freedom Charter, which dictates how society should be transformed. Vavi said there were people who were trying to reinterpret the Freedom Charter, claiming it did not call for nationalisation.
"We moved away from the radical approach of the Freedom Charter to transform the society, we are trying to reinterpret the Freedom Charter.
"Unfortunately it's now 18 years down the line of appeasing. Unless we embrace radical policies again, we are doomed ..."
He called on his labour federation, the ANC and SACP to focus on the real issues to avert the risk of "kissing the whole revolution goodbye". - firstname.lastname@example.org