Protests a Ticking Time Bomb: Vavi


King of de Jungle
Mar 17, 2005
Ongoing protests across the country are a ticking bomb about to explode, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday.

"Nineteen years later in a democracy we are becoming [the] protest headquarters of the world; we call that a ticking bomb about to explode," he told delegates at the SA State and Allied Workers' Union congress being held in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg.

He said the majority of people, especially in the townships, "cannot take it anymore" and are living in "grinding" poverty and unemployment, hence the protests.

"Where I come from in the Eastern Cape, unemployment is almost 80 percent. People are waiting for that day when their human dignity would be restored."

The country's number one enemy was unemployment.

"It is a crisis. At least four out of 10 people are unemployed."

He said the Congress of SA Trade Unions wanted what was spelt out in the Freedom Charter.

"The Freedom Charter states that people shall share in the mineral wealth that is beneath the soil, and that the monopoly industry would be transferred to the people," he said.

"This is all we want, we don't have a grudge against anyone..."

Vavi said the economy should be restructured and stop relying "heavily" on exports and instead rely on the manufacturing industry.

"These are the conditions that we as Cosatu should be struggling against... we have to unite all trade unions and the alliance as a whole to lead society on the basis of what is in the Freedom Charter."

Vavi appealed for unity in Cosatu and its alliance partners.

"A Cosatu weakened by internal divisions would not unite the rest of the country. A divided Cosatu will not engineer what we called the Lula Moment, because it will all be about a comrade hating another comrade.

"Independence is important; you should have that right to determine your destiny, and not give it to someone next door."

Cosatu also wanted legislation on a national minimum wage to be implemented next year, he said.

Trade unions within Cosatu were discussing the National Development Plan.

The trade union federation would announce its official position regarding the NDP next week, Vavi said.

Source : Sapa /gm/fg/jk/dd
Date : 30 May 2013 14:15


Executive Member
Jan 22, 2012
"Where I come from in the Eastern Cape, unemployment is almost 80 percent. People are waiting for that day when their human dignity would be restored."
That is horrific! Instead of "waiting" they should go out and be more proactive...


Honorary Master
May 5, 2004
What do you suggest Mister Vavi??

After all, it is your alliance partners policies that are making a mess of everything, squandering money meant for upliftment.

Maybe it is time you rethink this impractical Alliance and unquestionable support for the leading party and their hyena's.

Every election you walk out into the street in support of the ANC and their empty promises of social upliftment and of 5 million jobs and so on, only to be hit by a bus time and time again??? Its groundhog day for you, but you fail to anticipate whats coming or learn from what has happened. All you do is bleat and threaten.

Yet you continue your unwavering support, its the way you have been programmed, to fail.

You fail to grasp the most very basic concept of democracy, the 19 years of it you so vigorously remind us of, that the power lies with the people. The power lies with Cosatu.
You are part of the problem, Cosatu is part of the problem, you have the power in the vote.
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...doesn't know
Jul 26, 2006
Demanding more money and wage increases is a great way to improve the unemployment rate I hear :rolleyes:


Executive Member
Mar 13, 2006
Yea.. keep on voting ANC mofos. Look at where you are now.

All those e-tolls, electricity increase, taxes , fraud, tenderpreneurs do cost money that everyone pays. Costing jobs in the long run


Honorary Master
Apr 6, 2005
Unfortunately businesses have taken a shortsighted attitude. As have the workers. Both should be working together to make each other more money. Those workers should have some ownership. Are wealthy black leaders out there in the Eastern Cape teaching people anything, helping them learn ways they might assist themselves? There's been a general lack of engagement and grand thinking. From government, from business (black or white).