- The South African Federation of Trade Unions re-elected Zwelinzima Vavi as the federation's General Secretary
- Despite calls to have him suspended, Vavi bagged 389 votes at the federation’s second national congress
- The Saftu's leadership and its member union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa battled it out before the election
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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Federation of Trade Unions re-elected Zwelinzima Vavi as General Secretary at the federation’s second national congress.
He was re-elected during the early hours of Thursday 26 May in Boksburg despite turbulence experienced over the previous two days.
Despite calls to have him suspended, Vavi bagged 389 votes and his opposition for the position of General Secretary Moses Mautsoe got 300 votes. The previous two days saw disagreements relating to the four suspended National Office Bearers contesting the elections.
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The battle was between the federation's leadership and its member union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). The four members contesting the elections were President Mac Chavalala, Second Deputy President Thabo Matsose, Deputy General-Secretary Phakedi Moleko and National Treasurer Motshwari Lecogo, SABC News reported.
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Vavi avoided a suspension from the labour federation earlier. In March, Chavalala wrote to Vavi asking him for reasons as to why he should not be suspended. Several of the federation’s member unions contested the suspension and three other office bearers were placed on suspension later, according to News24.
Social media users had mixed reactions to Vavi’s re-election:
“Why would you have two candidates from the same union contesting for President all unions know who is going to be deployed in what position to contest... I'm happy with the return of Vavi hopefully he will show leadership & take pension when he reaches 60 and let deputy take GS lead.”
“Why do all these parties elect the same leaders? Is there no faith in. the next generation?”
“How old is Vavi Kante? for how long does he want to work?”
“He deserves it ...Congratulations Mr Vavi.”
"Total madness!": SA is not on board with Zwelinzima Vavi's call for basic income grant of R1500 for over 18s
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported Zwelinzima Vavi, the general secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is calling on the South African government to focus on implementing basic income grant permanently for adults between the ages of 18 and 59. Vavi says this grant should amount to R1500 for South Africans who do not have a stable income. He says this grant will be helpful to people so they can meet their needs.
Vavi says this R1500 grant will also help to boost the economy by creating a demand for goods and services which will, in turn, create employment opportunities, according to a report by TimesLIVE.
Source: Briefly News