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Vavi: Lula an inspiration to SA

Nov 18 2012 11:16 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Progress made by former Brazillian president Lula da Silva in his country was an inspiration to South Africa, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Saturday.

“We have been absolutely inspired by your leadership in Brazil.We've been inspired by the entire Latin American countries.

“We know what has happened in Brazil over the years when you were president. What had happened in particular in your second term in government serves as an inspiration to us,” he said.

Vavi was speaking at Cosatu House in Braamfontein as he welcomed Da Silva ahead of a meeting with the union federation.

The buzz word was the 'Lula moment' during Congress of SA Trade Unions elective conference in September, said Vavi.

“We've committed ourselves to engineer what we call the Lula Moment from below-- to ensure that our country moves in the direction of eradication of poverty, inequality and unemployment.”

He commended Da Silva for reducing inequality in Brazil, one of the highest in the world.

A briefing was expected to be held to unpack the outcomes of the meeting.
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