South Africa – Vavi says COSATU leaders should not be on ANC executive

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17 Sep 2013 14:08 Sapa

Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says federation leaders must maintain their independence from the ANC’s NEC to avoid confusion.
Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Gallo)
Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. (Gallo)

Cosatu must remain an independent organisation whose leaders should not serve on the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC, said Zwelinzima Vavi on Tuesday.

“That is why I have been refusing to stand at previous [ANC] conferences, when I was asked to stand, from Stellenbosch, to Polokwane, and to Mangaung,” the trade union federation’s suspended general secretary said.

“That is why I refused to stand in the [South African Communist Party’s] central committee for the same reasons.”

Vavi was speaking at the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa) political school in Benoni, called the Mbuyiselo Ngwenda Brigade. Ngwenda was Numsa’s former general secretary.

Vavi said he was speaking as a friend and…

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