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Vavi: Mines, apartheid created killers

2011-05-04 09:52

Johannesburg - Colonialism, apartheid and international mining houses created serial killers and rapists, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday.

"While of course other countries have produced gruesome lists of killers, South Africa's history has created conditions under which there is a greater number of serial rapist and murderers. The problem is rooted in our colonial and apartheid history," Vavi said in a speech prepared for delivery.

He was speaking at the unveiling of the Umzinto Wall of Remembrance in KwaZulu-Natal to remember the victims of sugarcane serial killer Thozamile Taki, who killed 13 women and dumped their bodies in sugarcane and tea plantations.

"None of us can ever excuse such acts of barbarism, but I believe we do have to try to explain how such atrocities can happen. Because Thozamile Taki was not unique. There have been others in our recent past found guilty of similarly despicable acts," said Vavi.

He said slavery, racism and the "apartheid-era 'Bantustans' where (people) existed as a reserve army of unemployed workers" were part of the causes of serial crimes.

"Meanwhile, their racist bosses made their fortunes, exploiting our mineral wealth and cheap labour, creating huge international monopolies like Anglo-American and DeBeers, which are still exploiting us today...

"This cruel and immoral system was ruthlessly imposed through violence."

Vavi said colonialism and apartheid caused the current social problems, including the high unemployment figures.

"We have become the most unequal society in the world, with top businessman Pine Pienaar of Mvelaphanda taking home 4000 times as much as a farm worker getting the minimum wage.

"Proof that such problems are still with us today, was yesterday's (Tuesday's) announcement that unemployment is still rising."

The latest figures brought the official unemployment level to 25%.

"In the longer term it is becoming more and more urgent, if we are to prevent a full-blown social and political crisis, to restructure our economy to one that creates jobs, gives people a living wage and makes our society more equal and just, and creates an environment in which family and community life can thrive and prosper," said Vavi.

Comments
  • Gorilla - 2011-05-04 10:06

    This is a revelation??? Good morning Mr Vavi.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-04 10:09

    ANC = Abject National Crisis

  • HowardX - 2011-05-04 10:09

    And yet COSATU, with its trade unions and the labour laws it has pushed through government are DIRECTLY responsible for a lion's share of the unemployment problem. COSATU is the reason why we have lost major industries (i.e. clothing) to international competitors. COSATU is the reason why companies would rather invest in capital infrastructure than cheap labour. COSATU is the reason why SMEs don't hire more people. What a hypocrite.

  • IandI - 2011-05-04 10:10

    Good comment from Mr Vavi.Problem is , every election he urges people to vote for the ANC. The same ANC that is the leading the fight for corruption.

  • GBES - 2011-05-04 10:11

    Wow, Mr Vavi, you are making a habit of hitting the nail on the head.You are making the problems crystal clear.All these attrocities happened while Zuma was the leader of the Moral Regeneration Society. Talking about making a wolf the sheperd...

  • Just_Wonderi - 2011-05-04 10:12

    "Vavi stressed that apartheid had irreparably destroyed many of the traditional African customs that regulated social life in the community." I'm not following, someone help me out, this is Apartheid's fault how? I mean, I get in SA EVERYTHING is Apartheid's fault, even the orbit of the moon, but that doesn't mean I necessarily follow the argument - and would this be a bad time to point out this is a global phenomena and not just limited to African cultures (it includes every culture) or would that be one of those inconvenient truths?

  • The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-04 10:13

    No, the rise is due to free money given out by the ANC to single mothers who don't need to worry about consequences and get rewarded for bad behaviour. Second of all why are men been blamed? You can have 10 women and 10 men. If you have 9 responsible men and 1 iresponsible man that 1 irresopnsible man can get all 10 women pregant. Women are the one's in control of there bodies and need to picky about the men they get involved with and stop been slut's and going for the bad boys or getting pregant on purpose in order to grants.

  • scud - 2011-05-04 10:13

    Vavi has always been aware of,and has been prepared to comment on,the severe problems we face,as well as ANC mismanagement and corruption. Sadly,he never has the guts to use his power and influence to ensure intelligent corrective action. He prefers to play politics with his childish revolutionary rhetoric, and reliance on long outdated unworkable socialist solutions. He is part of the problem and not part of the solution.

  • cerveza - 2011-05-04 10:14

    While I agree that apartheid and pre-apartheid methods tried to destroy black customs and traditions, most black communities constantly adapted and still maintained good family values even under these circumstances, but the biggest decrease in family values (as pointed out by Vavi) happened under the ANC and it is caused by lack of responsibility and by the promotion of a bling lifestyle by politicians and businessman instead of focusing on family values

  • realist101 - 2011-05-04 10:14

    yet again what has apartheid (par.6) got to do with this? and yet stats are used (par.8) from '96 to '09, i agree with most that is said here but still think our Gov. has to pull there fingers to rectify their mistakes!

  • Just_Wonderi - 2011-05-04 10:14

    "Vavi stressed that apartheid had irreparably destroyed many of the traditional African customs that regulated social life in the community." I'm not following, someone help me out, this is Apartheid's fault how? I mean, I get in SA EVERYTHING is Apartheid's fault, even the orbit of the moon, but that doesn't mean I necessarily follow the argument - and would this be a bad time to point out this is a global phenomena and not just limited to African cultures (it includes every culture) or would that be one of those inconvenient truths?

  • michaelph - 2011-05-04 10:15

    A shocker of a story but no real surprises there - what else can be expected when our current president is a rapist, is ethically and morally corrupt and has multiple wives with who knows how many off-spring. We need to lead by example and it's time that the leaders learn that what you reap what you sow.

  • BernieK - 2011-05-04 10:15

    Vavi, what is your salary? Then compare this to the poor farm worker. Then also let us know how you add value to the economy. Thank you very much sir.

  • OnlyisSA - 2011-05-04 10:16

    Once again apartheid!!!!! Maybe JFK was also shot from behind the grassy knoll by apartheid.

  • Just_Wonderi - 2011-05-04 10:17

    "Vavi stressed that apartheid had irreparably destroyed many of the traditional African customs that regulated social life in the community." I'm not following, someone help me out, this is Apartheid's fault how? I mean, I get in SA EVERYTHING is Apartheid's fault, even the orbit of the moon, but that doesn't mean I necessarily follow the argument - and would this be a bad time to point out this is a global phenomena and not just limited to African cultures (it includes every culture) or would that be one of those inconvenient truths?

  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-04 10:17

    Mvelaphanda, was that not Tokio's Company? What about the ANC Municipal managers in small towns earning R80K a month? Huh? What about them? What about other well connected Black people? Come on play the race card both ways!

  • immelmap - 2011-05-04 10:18

    Jy praat mos nou stront Vavi

  • Proefeet - 2011-05-04 10:18

    Now that was nicely predictable, Mr Vavi. 0/10 for orginal thought. Sadly, you are hardly unique in this!

  • Yucca - 2011-05-04 10:18

    Really? I thought Humans created people that BECOME killers! In an act of love or passion usually although not with 12 year olds ;) This is the same grabage as the shower story and the hiv does not cause aids. Then again we just need to vote ANC for a place in heaven!

  • rosemari - 2011-05-04 10:19

    Vavi as a union leader surely you could have come up with something better than this ....there is more unemployment now than in the past and again the apartheid area is getting the blamed. Wake up and smell the roses and do something about the unemployment rate instead of blaming the apartheid area

  • AJ - 2011-05-04 10:19

    Nah, I think it just comes down to the people - end of story.

  • immelmap - 2011-05-04 10:19

    Jy praat mos nou stront Vavi

  • resiststance - 2011-05-04 10:20

    Can't keep blaming the past for everything. After 17 years of things getting worse I think its time to look in the mirror.

  • Nunya - 2011-05-04 10:20

    Oh please someone, just shoot this idiot and put him out of his misery...wat a load of crap!!!!!

  • Ryan - 2011-05-04 10:20

    Blame everything on apartheid why don't you! 14 years Vavi...and it's only got worse baceuse the ANC is so pathetically useless...and...are exploiting our country a lot worse than apartheid ever did!

  • rosemari - 2011-05-04 10:21

    Vavi as a union leader surely you could have come up with something better than this ....there is more unemployment now than in the past and again the apartheid area is getting the blamed. Wake up and smell the roses and do something about the unemployment rate instead of blaming the apartheid area

  • OnlyinSA - 2011-05-04 10:21

    Apartheid once again!!!!!!! Maybe it was also apartheid that shot JFK from behind the grassy knoll.

  • Nunya - 2011-05-04 10:21

    Oh please someone, just shoot this idiot and put him out of his misery...wat a load of crap!!!!!

  • iamasouthafr - 2011-05-04 10:22

    No matter what your situation it takes an evil person to rape and kill. No EXCUSES!

  • Nunya - 2011-05-04 10:22

    Oh please someone, just shoot this idiot and put him out of his misery...what a load of crap!!!!!

  • Matt - 2011-05-04 10:22

    Rubbish. Dont these get tired of blaming whites. Whites built this country so never forget that.

  • ingrid.clohessy - 2011-05-04 10:24

    Why talk about apartheid and racism and the burden of history at a memorial of serial killer victims? The subjects don't really seem to link up anywhere

  • The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-04 10:24

    No, the rise is due to free money given out by the ANC to single mothers who don't need to worry about consequences and get rewarded for bad behaviour. Second of all why are men been blamed and women let off the hook? You can have 10 women and 10 men. If you have 9 responsible men and 1 iresponsible man that 1 irresopnsible man can get all 10 women pregant and you always going to have a few rotten apples. Women are the one's in control of there bodies and need to picky about the men they get involved with and stop been slut's and going for the bad boys or getting pregant on purpose in order to get grants.

  • Yucca - 2011-05-04 10:25

    Clearly a message directly aimed at only their supporters. No oneelse will buy such ****.

  • Christo - 2011-05-04 10:25

    Of course...blame apartheid. That's what you like to do when you don't want to blame your own silly excuse of a government, eh?

  • Mad Hatter - 2011-05-04 10:25

    Balls! Serial killers exist all over the world .Blame govt and yourself as a trade union for preventing further job creation through protectionism of employed labour. No accountability for ones own actions seems to be the order of the day

  • Lee - 2011-05-04 10:25

    Does this only count for Black people, or for whites as well? The un-employment figures shows more for black people, percentage wise, but you have to take in concideration that there are 20 times more blacks than whites in SA. And if a person worked hard to earn money, what about it? Government spend all our tax payers money on a lot of rubbish, and we just have to sit back. In Australia there is a wage for un-employed people, that is why the crime rate is so low. Maybe it is time SA investigates and learn from different countries.

  • poorwhite - 2011-05-04 10:25

    wow VAVI...and what do you earn....and all the corrupt ANC officials...all the Lambos at the Zuma wedding??? were they driven by whites???

  • Ricksta - 2011-05-04 10:25

    SA is indeed in a massive crisis, however Mr Vavi's rants saying that "apartheid had irreparably destroyed many of the traditional African customs that regulated social life in the community" hold absolutely no water whatsoever. He goes on to say - "The old tradition under which fathers were obliged to pay compensation to the mothers of their children has virtually disappeared". And whose fault is this ?? During the partheid years such practises were enforced (sometimes unfairly it must be said)and it was only with the new government that such obligations were softened. Is Mr Vavi blaming the rapes of 2 year olds on apartheid too ? Last time I checked this is an African belief, albeit within isolated communities, fueled by Sangomas. I didn't know Sangomas originated during the apartheid rule ! It is about time that our politicians stop blaming apartheid and the past for all their shortcomings and start finding solutions for our future. Let's carry on voting ANC and witness further decay in our country !!

  • Proefeet - 2011-05-04 10:26

    Now that was nicely predictable, Mr Vavi. 0/10 for orginal thought. Sadly, you are hardly unique in this!

  • cromagnon - 2011-05-04 10:26

    On the one hand I tend to agree with him, as I had the same theory, but, what about the millions of blacks from the same background that isnt barbaric thugs, that work hard, studies, are respectfull of other people? Or can it be that some people have it in them to become murderous bastards, but needed the right circumstances to bring it out in them?

  • jeremy - 2011-05-04 10:26

    Apartheid was wrong - but it's been dead for 20 years now - and it's time to stop blaming the past for what's happening now. Just by the by, who runs Mvelaphanda? And who runs Aurora? And wouldn't anyone rather work for Anglo than the latter? Blaming colonialism and apartheid for Thozamile Taki's vile crimes is considerably more stupid than Agriforum blaming Malema and "Shoot the Boer" for the deaths of the country's farmers. But it seems to be the trend these days that as the government comes under increasing pressure over corruption, incompetence and lack of service delivery, it lashes out at colonialism and apartheid instead of sorting out its own mess...

  • Derrick - 2011-05-04 10:26

    Gosh, probably one of the dumbest statements I ever heard. I do however agree with a big divide coming, I suspect Vavi is sitting on the "rich" side. Greedy pig.

  • Nosey Parker - 2011-05-04 10:26

    Mr Vavi, a couple of points which I feel you should be aware of but probably choose to ignore: a) It is not apartheid that created a culture of irresponsible absent fathers. America has exactly the same problem, England has exactly the same problem. Who can they blame? b) It is the unions that are causing employers to be reluctant to employ more people because of their militant stance on dealing with the incompetent and disinterested. If you want a job, you must be keen and dilligent and you must be able to do the job. It is because of the lazy and the incompetent that there are hundreds of thousands of willing and able people at 'walk and see more'. South Africans need to shift from this mentality of entitlement to a mentality of entrepreneurship. Its so simple.

  • Daveza - 2011-05-04 10:26

    Vavi still playing the blame game.I presume all the serial killers from other countries also blame the system. How about some novel thinking - accept responsibility for your own actions. 1 out of every 500,00 becomes a serial killer - did apartheid not affect the other 499,999 ?

  • chub - 2011-05-04 10:26

    That is the biggest load of .... Yes Vavi, blame it on somebody else.

  • Mr_Mind - 2011-05-04 10:26

    Oh off course Mr Vavi, there were no such atrocities before the colonials came here... What happened to the San in the Drakensberg? Weren't they driven out and killed off? Too bad there's none of them left to point the blame at you!

  • Johann - 2011-05-04 10:26

    Wow. EVERYTHING is apartheid's fault hey? Even global warming....

  • Logs01 - 2011-05-04 10:26

    Nothing new. Always apartheid and something else at fault, never themselves after 17y. Also every opportunity being used with blame to others, to score political points. Nothing new!!

  • Mr_Mind - 2011-05-04 10:27

    Oh off course Mr Vavi, there were no such atrocities before the colonials came here... What happened to the San in the Drakensberg? Weren't they driven out and killed off? Too bad there's none of them left to point the blame at you!