Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –
After warning that South Africa could become a “banana republic”, the Secretary General of South Africa’s largest labor union, Zwelinzima Vavi, added fuel to the fire rising between the Government and labor at an executive committee meeting of the labor federation.
Vavi, in a report to the labor group, warned that a "powerful, corrupt, predatory elite (had) combined with a conservative populist agenda to harness the ANC to advance their interests,” since the last federation meeting 3 ½ years ago.
"We have seen … deepening contradictions, and wild zig-zagging in the political direction of the country," the report said.
The labor confab opened with hundreds of delegates, clad in red t-shirts from the various affiliates, singing and dancing ahead of proceedings. They waved Cosatu flags and sang along with a choir dressed in federation colors.
Delegates from Cosatu's 33 affiliate unions representing two million workers are expected to discuss an economic and political program of action during the four-day meeting.
Internally, the labor group is split over calls for the nationalization of mines. It is supported by the ANC Youth League and opposed by the South African Communist Party.
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