Zwelinzima Vavi Says No To ANC In 2019 Election: Here’s Why

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The current state of the governing ANC and the no effort to remedy the situation has given rise to a number of the party members taking bold steps against the party’s policy

Just days after ANC MP Makhosi Khoza publicly announced her decision to defy her party’s order concerning the vote of no confidence in Zuma on August 8, Zwelinzima Vavi has come to also say he would not vote for the ANC come 2019.

Zwelinzima Vavi who is a former General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU), – a member of the tripartite alliance, and Vice-Chairperson of the Millennium Labour Council, said he will not be voting for the organisation come 2019 if the party fail to change.

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Defending his stance, the party leader said voting for the ANC would be effectively endorsing Jacob Zuma’s “nefarious activities” together with the Guptas.

“It will be saying it is ok to destroy trade unions, the ANC itself and dismantle state own enterprises and steal from them.

“It will be saying it is ok that 9.3 million South Africans are unemployed and that SA has become an unequal country in the world with 52% of its population living in poverty… it will be endorsing the Gupta take over.”

Vavi, like Makhosi Khoza has vowed to defend and protect the nation’s constitutional democracy from power thirsty, selfish individuals who care less about the future of the nation.



Khoza has remained defiant, despite receiving death threats since making known her support for the secret ballot.

Similarly, the South African Communist Party (SACP) warned the ANC to deal with the crisis crippling the party’s effectiveness or risk losing their support as Alliance party come 2019.

The Communists banned the ANC leader Jacob Zuma from addressing them at their 14th national congress this week- an action COSATU took during the May- day rally.

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Meanwhile, Zwelinzima Vavi urged South Africans not to lose hope and keep on fighting to have Zuma removed. He said South Africans need to ask the ANC to make a choice of either letting Zuma leave office or to lose hold of South Africa.

Recalling how the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) was dismissed because it stood against the ANC, Vavi said there could be more ANC alliance parties who would leave before 2019 as the ANC top officials have failed to listen to South Africans.

“Numsa stood up and said this direction is taking us to hell and this President must resign…. The President and the general secretary of the SACP – who is finding his conscious again – organised that we must be kicked out of the federation. We were kicked out for speaking the truth” he said.

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