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Let ministers work in the fields - Vavi

By unknown | Mar 28, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

If Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu's secretary-general, had his way, all cabinet ministers now serving on the ANC national executive committee would spend some time as farm, mine and domestic workers.

Vavi argues this would enable them to gain first-hand experience when they formulate policies.

Vavi was one of the speakers at the memorial lecture in honour of the late SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani at the University of Limpopo at the weekend.

"There is a new type of national executive committee member. They are business people who only represent their individual interests and those of their families.

"We are worried about the leaders who, instead of working for the progress of the movement, are working to please their bosses and political handlers. These people think with their stomachs and not their minds," Vavi said.

Blade Nzimande, SACP secretary-general, also warned against "other members in the movement".

"We don't want other people's members in the movement. We need people who join the party to advance the cause of fighting for poor people's rights," Nzimande said.

The two-day event to remember Hani, was organised by the provincial leadership of the Young Communist League and ended with a rally at the university's main hall on Sunday.

On Saturday, ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma addressed the audience and called on youth to introduce basic teaching and culture in their movements.


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