I guess this is one man who knows what he wants, where to get it and the kind of folks he wants to get along with.
Yes, no matter how you look at it, Zwelinzima Vavi says he is not ready to join politics because he wants to pitch his tent with the newly formed federation in South Africa.
Vavi was axed from the country’s biggest federation- Congress Of South Africa Trade Union (COSATU) in 2015. And after his dismissal, he has continued to speak and kicked against certain ‘abnormalities’ in the congress.
It is no news that COSATU has severally expressed unalloyed loyalty to the ruling party- ANC and that the union has promised to once again to throw its weight behind the party in the forth coming election. Be that as it may, Vavi still sees the need to push forward in order to deliver SA workers from further manipulation.
This passion and zeal to see workers liberated led him to spearhead the formation of SA’s newest federation -National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).
Zwelinzima Vavi Spearheaded NUMSA Formation
NUMSA was recently launched and stands in divergent lines with ANC’s partner federation, COSATU. According Vavi, the new federation will never entertain lazy people.
He said, “If you are lazy, we do not want you in this federation. Shop stewards who abuse their power and let employers exploit workers can join the sweetheart federation in Pretoria. Those who steal workers’ money can go to Pretoria. Sdumo Dlamini and [President Jacob] Zuma are waiting for them.”
Vavi also promised that the new federation will address the education and training crisis rocking the country. He noted that in 22 years of democracy very little has been done to address the quality of our education system.
“We cannot compete even with our neighbours, let alone the industrialised economies,” he added.
So, it is clear that being a unionist is all that matters to him.
However, in a recent interview with reporters, Zwelinzima Vavi revealed that he had received countless calls and offers to join political parties and become Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate.
He said, “A lot of people are approaching me, but I know what I want. Why would I abandon the new federation only to be mayor at some city? A lot of people would be very frustrated if I would announce my candidacy. I don’t know what the future holds. We don’t know what will happen.”
According to the former secretary general of COSATU, he was approached by DA leader Mmusi Maimane to form a coalition with the United Front after it became apparent that there won’t be an outright winner in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
He maintained that he can never team up with the DA and stated that he also cautioned the United Front against forming a coalition with the party.
For the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Vavi asserted that a lot of what the EFF is pushing for was what they fought for when they were in the ANC Youth League.
“I can’t help but be sympathetic to the EFF. We are the same,” he said.