Vavi's fate hangs in the balance - along with Cosatu's
As Cosatu meets to decide on Zwelinzima Vavi's fate, the spotlight will fall on the union's divisive policies and its alliance with the ANC and SACP. Ahead of a crucial meeting on Wednesday to decide on the fate of its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, the clarion call has come from leaders within the union federation riled by what is seen as an attempt to remove Vavi. The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa), Cosatu's biggest affiliate with 320 000 members, on Monday blamed the paralysis of the labour federation on its gradual support of capitalist ambitions, including what the ANC administration adopted during the 1994 socio-economic formation.
Numsa's deputy general secretary Karl Cloete traced capitalism in the alliance back to 1994, when the ANC administration took over and introduced a series of contradictory economic freedom policies. He claims the underpinnings of all these policies were capitalism and that the ANC was always aware that they were not transforming the economy.
The controversial growth, employment and redistribution (Gear) policy is alleged to be identical to the National Development Plan (NDP), which has been received with mixed feelings by Cosatu – with Vavi at the forefront of the group that opposes it. Gina and Cloete offered this analysis after a Numsa special central committee met on Sunday to discuss Cosatu's Wednesday meeting.
Numsa has called for the meeting to be cancelled owing to Cosatu not following its constitutional guidelines. In July, Vavi was accussed by a 26-year-old staffer of raping her at the Cosatu House offices.
He denied the rape allegations but admitted to having sex with her in the office.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & Guardian