Vavi: Lula an inspiration to SA

2012-11-18 11:16

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.

  • mlungisi.magada - 2012-11-18 12:46

    The Zuma moment will take us in a totally different direction.Before Polokwane you told us Zuma was an unstopable tsumami.The public coffers now bear testimony to this.You tried to stop him yourself but were made to eat humble pie. Good luck with the Zuma momement.

  • arcticencounter - 2012-11-18 13:57

    Aug 2 (Reuters) - Seven years after a corruption scandal rattled the government of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday began a landmark trial that could mar the wildly popular leader's legacy. Brazilians still don't know the extent of the infamous "mensalão" scandal, an alleged scheme to pay legislators a monthly retainer in exchange for their support in Congress. Sound familiar?

  • eagarcia3 - 2012-11-18 22:45

    Lula did good stuff for Brazil, especially for the huge poor, but credit must go where due: his predecessor, Cardoso, was the guy that eradicated hyperinflation from Brazil, brought some macroeconomic stability, and started some needed reforms and privatizations. Before possession, Lula inspired fears of the messy populism that Latin America has seen a lot, fears his actions tackled for good. But there are many challenges left in Brazil, especially corruption. A tough task for Dilma, that she's carrying on.

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