Vavi: Corruption cause for divisions

2011-12-13 18:25

Johannesburg - The divisions between the ANC and its alliance partners are neither ideological nor political but driven by "tenderpreneurship", Cosatu's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

“As long as the capitalist system is in place in our country, so will be the corruption," he said at a march in Polokwane, held to protest against corruption in the Limpopo government.

“It does not mean that corruption does not exist in conditions of socialism. In China at least four leaders of the communist party there got hanged, literally hanged, for being corrupt."

He said if China could find four leaders guilty of corruption, then South Africa could find more than 50 corrupt officials.

Vavi denied the march was aimed at weakening Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale's bid to be re-elected to the post by the African National Congress.

"This is not factional activity. This is a march against corruption. It is not a march against the ANC. We are not bullets who could be used by anyone in the country."

Vavi said what had happened to the South African woman who was executed in China on Monday for drug smuggling was against human rights, but sent a strong message to those who committed crime.

"If you are found guilty, or even get sick on the eve of your prison term, you should account for the crime committed," he said.

Disgraced former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi took ill on Friday December 2, after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his bid to appeal his conviction on corruption charges, giving him 48 hours to report to jail.

  • saverhino - 2011-12-13 19:48

    vavi for president!

  • jacques - 2011-12-13 20:13

    This guy should have started his own party many elections ago.

      100001480510146 - 2011-12-14 07:29

      Yes, but sadly he is not a Xhosa or a Zulu!

  • TamaraSays - 2011-12-14 00:23

    Mr. Vavi, your final test will be on the day when you are no longer able to overlook the gross violations of the law by your alliance partners. On that day, you will be judged, and it is fast approaching.

  • 100002559575466 - 2011-12-14 06:31

    Zzzzzzz.....corruption is a way of life for the ANC....tell us something new....

  • 100001480510146 - 2011-12-14 07:28

    ..and also, TRIBALISM in the ANC.

  • tin tin - 2011-12-14 08:11

    You need to decide whether South Africa is going to be a democratic state or communist state. People preach on being democratic, whereas Vavi goes on about communism, and the crowd sways both ways. Yes there are corrupt officials, and they should be held accountable for their crimes. No country in Africa is democratic and its time people realise that and start working towards democracy, and not believing they are there and have idealistic views of a non capitalist state. South Africa needs capitalism to become the "developed" country it so yearns for. But in the same breath have a more advanced system of "checks and balances" that actually works. DA attacking every "corrupt official" or issues it does not agree with is not a suitable system of " checks and balances". What is their success rate? Thuli Madonsela is making a difference and the DA should rather focus and give support to her.

      Nuck Choris - 2011-12-14 08:58

      It shows Vavi and his ilke are so simplistic. China is extremely corrupt (only 4??) and loves Africa because they have found common bed fellows. And if Russia (another communist state) is not totally corrupt I will eat my hat

  • christo.krause - 2011-12-14 16:48

    Dear Mr Vavi, it's not capitalism that corrupts. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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