The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi has lashed out at some Cosatu affiliates that have advised him not to campaign for the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections.
Vavi was speaking at the Memorial Lecture of former president of Cosatu, John Gomomo, in Port Elizabeth.
Vavi says no one is bigger than the organisation.
“Some of my friends for example who don’t know our organisation both from our left and the right including others who are just confused are expressing the view that I the individual Zwelinzima Vavi should distance myself on the decision taken by Cosatu as majority in the CEC to mobilise workers to vote for the ANC in the coming elections. I have already stated I’m not an individual, I’m the General Secretary of all the 19 affiliated unions, If I was to do the opposite then I would no longer be the General Secretary.”
Speaking about the late John Gomomo who was the president of Cosatu from 1991 to 1999,Vavi described him as a fearless leader.
“One of PJ’s passions was building strong and vibrant organisations. We can also learn important lessons from comrade John Gomomo when we addressing our internal organisational problems. He believed strongly in building shop stewards as the rock upon which the trade union had to be rested and based.”