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‘Our country is a ticking time bomb’ – Zwelinzima Vavi at the launch of Cosatu in Crisis

Cosatu in CrisisThe Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business hosted the KwaZulu-Natal launch of Cosatu in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation, edited by Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall.

The forward to the book is written by former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who was in attendance at the launch and reportedly did not pull any punches.

Vavi compared the collapse of Cosatu with what he termed “the slide of our country towards a failed state”.

Read Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness’s report of the event:

[Vavi] described a subversive agenda, and how organisations that have raised reservations about our current leadership have been reorganised and how dissenting voices have been “managed off the scene” and replaced with a “choir of praise singers”. He stated that the collapse of Cosatu was designed, and that sadly, all that the powerful families and people in government currently cared about, was securing opportunities to “feed at the trough”.

When asked what role business should be playing, Vavi wasted no time in saying that business leaders needed to complain loudly about corruption and the crisis in our government, lest they be remembered for having been complicit in the downfall. “Our country”, he said, “is a ticking time bomb”.

Book details

  • Cosatu in Crisis: The Fragmentation of an African Trade Union Federation edited by Vishwas Satgar and Roger Southall
    EAN: 9780992232948
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