- Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions, wants the ANC to stop serving the rich and powerful
- Instead, Vavi would like the party to act for the 10 million citizens who voted the ruling party into power during the elections
- Vavi says that the working class is facing a catastrophe of poverty, unemployment and inequality
Zwelinzima Vavi is calling on the ANC to stop serving the interests of the rich and powerful elite and focus instead on those who voted them into power.
25 years after the end of apartheid, Vavi says that the working class is facing a catastrophe of "poverty, unemployment, inequality, crime, corruption and racism".
Vavi explains that 1994 gave citizens basic rights, but failed to transfer wealth and power to the majority, leaving it instead in the hands of the same capitalist elite.
The secretary-general believes that this is the cause of the GDP falling in the first quarter of 2019, unemployment rates soaring and the 'slaughter of jobs' in various industries.
Vavi painted a grim picture of life in South Africa for ordinary citizens in the hopes of egging the ANC into action:
"More than half of all South Africans now live below the poverty line. Public spending cuts have meant plummeting levels of service in schools, hospitals, transport and social care. Job cuts have left them all without enough staff to run these services properly, yet 6.2 million unemployed people could be employed and trained to work in these services. The economic crisis has worsened the appalling levels of crime, drug addiction and gang warfare in poor communities."
As for the way forward Vavi has called on the ANC to step up to the plate and change the way it interacts with South Africa:
"It must ditch its conservative economic policies in favour of a socialist, democratically-planned economy to expropriate the wealth of the ruling monopoly capitalist class, and bring power to the people!"
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