Vavi: Beware of predatory elite

2010-12-10 15:10

Johannesburg - The state and society will be up for sale if current battles for tenders by the "predatory elite" continues, Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said on Friday.

"If the current trajectory continues, the entire state and society will be up for sale to the highest bidder," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the 3rd annual congress of the Young Communist League (YCL) in Mafikeng, North West.

Given that state procurement was massive - more than R800bn for infrastructure over three years - the country was "facing a huge challenge".

No one would be able to do business without going through "corrupt gatekeepers" in future, Vavi warned, urging the league to fight corruption.

"Once this becomes the norm, we will have become a predator state."

He said a small group within the tripartite alliance was blackening the reputation of the liberation movement.

"This minority seeks to import rotten and corrupt capitalist morality to our organisations and state."

The extent to which corruption had "infected" organisations and society was shown by the emergence of death squads in several provinces, and the murder of people who had taken a stand.

It also showed in the "open" way prominent figures, linked to political leaders, manipulated black empowerment provisions in questionable business deals; and in organisational factions being about tenders and not ideology.

On criticism he has received - including from ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe - about recent statements he has made, Vavi said the alliance, which he called "sacrosanct", should be allowed to debate issues, and, when there were differences, they shouldn't "devour" each other.

"Let us not go back to using labels and trying to isolate and politically murder one another, as if there is no tomorrow."

Cosatu needed the league's elders, the SA Communist Party (SACP), and it would be tremendously weakened if they allowed differences to grow, or for the public trading of insults.

"Our critique of our vanguard must never be treated with the same disdain as the criticism emanating from right-wing organisations."

Cosatu was also concerned about the absence of full-time officials at national and provincial levels within the SACP, as this would hamper their programme of radical transformation.

"This is an honest view, dear comrades, informed by our love of the SACP, not by any newly-found hatred or disdain for our party," he said.

  • robgun - 2010-12-10 15:39

    I don't often agree with Vavi (in fact I don't think I ever have) but in this case I completely agree. Nepetism, corruption and mismanagement are the new enemy of South Africa which needs to be completely removed for us to prosper and achieve our national goals.

  • steve - 2010-12-10 15:41

    Vavi, please stop the threats - NAME THEM AND SHAME THEM OR SHUT UP!

  • joe public - 2010-12-10 16:08

    Mr Vavi, put your money where your mouth is. Do the country a favour and break the alliance with the ANC. Once that is done, the face of corruption in the country will change because the ANC will realise that they actually need to do some good for the masses in order to stay in power - as opposed to being self-serving. Let us not end up like our fellow African states.

  • Zulu - 2010-12-10 17:12

    Vavi must join the DA if he hates the idea of a Black Man being rich..I'm not a communist and I intend getting rich..and yes I'm Black..

      Meanleader - 2011-03-30 15:01

      None of that is your fault zulu... you seem to take to corruption as easily as if you had been born with the gene .

      Meanleader - 2011-03-30 15:04

      Not your fault . You seem to take to the corruption train as easily as if you had been born with the gene .

  • JimB in Durban - 2010-12-10 17:21

    Again I say it - expose the corruption before the local elections and let the corrupt people be exposed in the print media because not enough of us have access to the internet. Vavi is right - expose the corruption at the top and HOPE that the average voter will understand and vote to stop this nonsense

  • booboo - 2010-12-10 17:40

    Makes me wonder how I will vote in the next election.If it has to be based on colour then I shall not be voting, becuase there seems to be no one left to vote for.

  • Francois Smith - 2010-12-10 22:22

    Firstly Zulu, Vavi does not say that he hates the idea of a black man being rich, he hates the idea of anybody stealing from the public purse to become rich. I hope you intend to get rich by honest hard work that does not require too much comprehension of the English language, but go for it! Comrade Vavi, spill the beans to Grootbaas Zuma and if it includes Grootbaas Zuma, spill the beans on him as well. We are kind ot getting irritated by your broken record tune that does not say anything like a good Bles Bridges song. And then in support of Joe Public, get out of the alliance - go form your own party or did you have to hand in your balls when you were elected leader of Cosatu or did Racist Mbeki castrate you?

  • Supervan - 2011-01-12 06:12

    Liberation movements that rule African countries systematically pilliaged their countries and destroyed their middle class, press freedom, capacity to produce domestic products by nationalising. History has shown that liberation movements do eventually self destruct but only when there is little more to pilliage. Why wait.... Vavi we need a normalised political landscape. We need an alternative to the ANC that is credible and who a broad spectrum can identify with. I am not saying defeat the ANC. All I am saying is give us credible alternatives and form a Labour party.

  • Ai! Ai! - 2011-06-28 17:25

    'Animal Farm' is alive and well in South Africa. Hardly, very hardly, will Vavi's condemnation of the 'predatory elite' be heard or appreciate by them!(the bigger the stomach gets, the more they eyes close). On the contrary, Vavi should prepare himself to be stoned, or is it necklaced?

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