Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Listening to Willie Madisha stating that he never went against the Cosatu decision that Jacob Zuma be the ANC president, I thought he must be suffering from selective amnesia.
How can he forget his comments a week or so before the Polokwane conference, when he said on national television that "people should not vote for a man who rapes women and then has a shower", a phrase that everyone easily understood to refer to Zuma?
To say Madisha, like any other South African, has the right to a different view on the ANC leadership is to miss the principle of collective leadership and democratic centralism.
As president of Cosatu, having presided over all its national executive structures and being part of a collective leadership decision to support Zuma, he recklessly chose to go against the vote.
What is even more hypocritical is that the same people who supported President Thabo Mbeki for firing the deputy minister of health, today see everything wrong with Cosatu doing the same.
It borders on arrogance or gross ignorance for a leader at Madisha's level to break ranks and still wish to stay at the helm. The decision to fire Madisha is partly to do with the R500000 donation saga, but more to do with his political behaviour. He will also be dismissed from Sadtu for bringing it into disrepute.