Zwelinzima Vavi again!

Nkutšoeu Motsau

Ster & Vaalweekblad’s blogger, Nkutšoeu Motsau, Chairperson of Azanla MVA, writes:

Zwelinzima Vavi must keep quiet. Yes, he must shut up. Nobody is listening to him! Nobody should. The man cannot be trusted. He was among those who were in the forefront in toppling Thabo Mbeki in Polokwane. Indeed, he went there brandishing a list of the people he wanted to be in the leadership of the ANC.


Political self-cultivation is not one of his strong points. That is why it was not clear to him that the nomination and election of the leadership of the ANC at an ANC conference, is the prerogative of the branch delegates, regional, provincial and national structures of the ANC. It did not occur to him that there must be a reason why the ANC did not interfere in the nomination and election of the leadership of Cosatu and what that reason was. He is a shining example of a political nincompoop.


Not only that, he is also not ideolocally grounded. He thinks that when he is talking about the struggles of the trade unions he is talking about class struggle. Nothing could be further from the truth. The former is about better working conditions, paid leave, better wages, et cetera, for the workers; whereas the latter is about the struggle for the conquest of political power by the working class. Trade unions are mass organisations. At best, they are the universities of the working people. Classically, the working class require a vanguard party to achieve their historical goal.


When they were removing Thabo Mbeki they were saying they didn’t want two centres of power for the ANC. They said they did not want one centre of power to be in the Cabinet and the other to be in Luthuli House. They wanted it to reside in  Luthuli House . After listening to his first State of the Nation Address, Zwelinzima Vavi, was brimming with praises  for Jacob Zuma, the man who takes after political sins as a duck to water. He stood on the steps of the National Assembly and declared, “here is a man who deserves a second term of office as President of the country.” Today Jacob Zuma has moved the centre of power from Luthuli House to elsewhere. He has also removed it from the cabinet. This is Zwelinzima Vavi’s man!


The man is also corrupt. When he was still the General Secretary of Cosatu he thought he, himself, was Cosatu; that he could use the resources of Cosatu as he pleased. That is why he could take the credit card of Cosatu and use it for the benefit of his family. He was a big shot then. He got what he wanted in Cosatu, including a salary equivalent to that of a Member of Parliament—19 times more than what the miners get! In addition, he owned a fleet of trucks which he rented to the mining companies. The question is: could he represent the workers fairly when he was negotiating for them with the people with whom he was doing business? The people who gave him business? Is there no conflict of interests there? He even took liberties with women. A case in point is the married woman, a junior staff,  in his office with whom he went to bed. When it is committed by him he would have us treat corruption as a drop of water on the back of a duck.


To me, Jacob Zuma and Zwelinzima Vavi are birds of a feather—they flock together!

* The writer of this column, Nkutšoeu Motsau, was born in Top Location in the Vaal Triangle in 1953. He grew up in Sharpeville. He is a tetraplegic as a result of a car accident in July 2005 in Sharpeville and now resides in Cape Town, but still feels a deep rooted connection with the Vaal. Nkutšoeu is Chairperson of Azanla MVA).


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