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Vavi slates 'tenderpreneurs'

2011-06-02 19:00

Johannesburg - "Tenderpreneurs" speak the language of the masses and present themselves as messiahs to advance their narrow economic agenda, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday.

"They know for any project and regime change agenda to work you must speak the popular language of the masses and present yourself as their messiah," he said at the National Union of Mineworkers' central committee in Boksburg.

"You cannot tell the workers and the poor the truth that your real ambition is accumulation and more and more (of an) expensive bourgeois lifestyle and opulence; you have to talk their language even though everything you are about is accumulation and self-centredness."

To advance this agenda, the "most spectacular and unprincipled demagogic political rhetoric" was used to obscure the true objective which was material gain, corruption and looting.

Vavi reiterated that the "new tendency" sought to polarise and weaken the alliance - the ANC, Cosatu, SACP and Sanco.

Vavi warned there was a failure in the alliance to appreciate the dangers associated with the new tendency.

He criticised the SA Communist Party, saying its approach to key questions such as nationalisation and economic transformation were "anything but desirable".

Vavi then turned to the ANC leadership, accusing it of making serious mistakes.

"The post-Polokwane ANC leadership has also committed some serious mistakes, ranging from dithering and steering clear of taking bold decisions, openly attacking the workers' federation and a failure to consistently drive the Polokwane resolutions and the five priorities of the 2009 Elections Manifesto," he said.

The ruling party leadership had been "twisting its tongue" on decent work and its failure to act against "clear acts of corruption" by ministers and senior leaders.

Vavi was on the verge of being disciplined earlier last year, over his lashing of the Zuma administration for a soft touch in handling allegations of corruption.

"All of these are signals of disintegrating left forces in the Alliance.

"This disintegration disarms us in terms of waging a concerted class battle against the predatory elite in the state and the Alliance, and to capture the mood in society and drive a radical left project that will place us on a better footing towards the 2014 elections. "

He urged the NUM to ponder the issues he raised with a "self-critical" eye.

He tackled allegations that a faction in Cosatu wanted to see the back of SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande.

Unity was critical and this could only be attained through principled open debates.

"As far as I know, there is no attack of the SACP orchestrated by any individual or faction within the federation. What exists is a difference of opinion on whether it is helpful for the SACP and the struggle for socialism to have a general secretary who is not full-time in the head offices of the SACP.

" This is not an attack; this is not an agenda of a regime change." Rather, it was a principled stance adopted by Cosatu as a whole.

"Attempts to isolate those who speak on behalf of a collective are not a solution."

Vavi's final comment before leaving the podium was a stark warning on the consequences of failing to protect the alliance from those wanting to use it as a conduit for anti-working class policies.

"Failure to do this will result in the working class searching for other alternatives, as it has begun to do in other parts of the world such as Europe, including the most conservative of forces," he said.

Comments
  • burtfred - 2011-06-02 19:23

    So Vavi, why on earth are you still a part of the tripartite alliance?

  • Valis - 2011-06-02 19:27

    " Vavi says entrepreneurs who benefit from state tenders through political contacts are only out to accumulate wealth." Gee, you think so Captain Obvious.

  • Ed Bundy - 2011-06-02 19:35

    Yeah, who did you vote for last month? Thought so - dont complain about it now, Vavi.

  • PMG - 2011-06-02 19:36

    Isn't Mrs Vavi also a tenderpreneur?

  • Redwine - 2011-06-02 19:38

    Speaking from both sides of the mouth. Who writes the sh-t these guys utter? You want the tri party to continue but individuals to go? Call a spade a spade man these are only workers not polititions.

  • MrGumede - 2011-06-02 19:40

    During electioneering, no noise whatsoever and only a united front. Once elections are over, this is not correct, that is not correct, we don't like this, we think this is wrong, where else can I through my toys and masquarade as someone who cares. Tough, get over it or stand up and be counted when it matters - at election time! Maybe then I could vote for you and you could be in government proper and change these things - or are you scared that no one will vote for you????

      lizards - 2011-06-03 08:13

      Well said. Mr Vavi- if you don't like most of your bedmates get out on your own to start your own party and then see how many blindly vote for your left wing politics. The vote is still colour blind when it comes to the ANC and their racialist rhetoric.

  • alfred - 2011-06-02 19:47

    But you said we should vote for them Vavi. I'm confused.

  • Achmed - 2011-06-02 19:48

    Now to get the tenderpreneurs and their cronies to take note.

  • tomharnett9 - 2011-06-02 20:27

    Well said Mr Vavi and for having the courage to say it but , unfortunately, the individuals you so aptly describe will be angered by your comments but will never change their gross behavior. They are systematically stripping and destroying our beautiful country for their personal gain.They feel absolutely nothing for the future or their fellow South Africans they so cynically use every day of their political lives. They have no real compassion or conscience with regards to the "trusting" electorate who continue, despite all, to put them back in power. It is all very sad, depressing and a little hopeless. Certainly not what the country had hoped for in 1994.

  • Sheda Hab - 2011-06-02 20:58

    You climb into bed with the ANC then you want us to believe you when you criticize them. They use Julius to talk their racialism. They use you to quell the (poor)masses. Do we call you puppet or Pinocchio?

  • Nuraq - 2011-06-02 21:05

    Vavi, you are pointing out the symptoms, not the cause. The cause of all your troubles is that 65% of South Africans feel the need to vote for the ANC regardless of whether they deliver anything or not. Because of this all your ternderpreneurs know that the future of the ANC in South Africa is not threatened by their greed and incompetence, so they keep on plundering.

  • george07 - 2011-06-02 22:26

    you are in bed with all these people you criticise.how can anyone believe the garbage coming out of your mouth?what are your salary and perks , i wonder.

  • george - 2011-06-03 09:06

    Vavi is ideologically conflicted. For example, two years back he was accused of using COSATU credit card for his girlfriend. When confronted he volunterred to pay back. His wife was caught up in some nasty union tender issues. He attends multimillion wedding such as that of Gumede, and now he criticises such opulance. He openly supported the ANC in the elections, thus giving it a landslide win 64%, yet he criticises the ANC for bulldozing media laws using its majority which he fed. Now he calls for socialism. Where has socialism and the open society principles he talks about ever worked in the world? My conclusion is that Vavi is using COSATU platforms to position himself for a top ANC position so that the gravy can flow. His ideologies and practices are so contradictory, he makes no sense to me. SA has draconian labour laws that prevent any sensible job creation because of his stance, yet he critices government for unemployment.

  • alwyn.schoeman - 2011-06-03 16:48

    So Vavi is the new Confucius?

  • OLIBO - 2011-06-28 17:40

    Dear Vavi. Stop crying like an abused wife, who tells the whole world about her abusive hasband but can't leave him. If the marriage between the ANC and COSATU is not working - end it. The ANC Lives and Will Survive! Why don't COSATU leave the alliance? Workers will still vote the ANC if they like its policies regarless of what COSATU leadership says. You cannot be a trade union and government at the same time. Since when must the government consult a trade union regarding the appointment of board directors? This is the critical time for the movement and needs leaders with courage and who are not indebted to COSATU, ANCYL or SACP, but who can lead the ANC back to its original principles. I'm afraid we do not have such leaders.

  • call a spade - 2011-06-28 18:14

    Why is there no one of these high placed anc/cosatu/sacp bigwigs to simply say the following to Malema and his followers. Guys you cannot take the farms because the farmers will not allow that and you will pick up a lot of very unhealthy probems. Go call the english and ask them what happen if you want to take land from the South African boers. Nobody will take land from the boers. This is NOT Zimbabwe. Even in the impossibe probabiity that you aquire some farms you cannot farm those land because you are not qualified and have no experience to do so, nobody wil give you any money to waste, and the nation will go hungey. Go ask your brothers who tried their hand at farming and woefully failed. The very same apply for the taking over of mines. Your leader Malema is lying to you and are only interested in using you as a power base to further his own financia interest. If you do not beieve this ask the man why he is unwiling to debate his convictions on a public platform. So anc/cosatu/bigwigs stop beating around the bush have the guts to say it straight without fear OR JUST SHUT UP. Everybody with brains are getting fed-up with all these time wasting talks.

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