Zwelinzima Vavi

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Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The SA government has been treating the (Zimbabwe) regime with friendliness, but it is time for the President to pick up the phone and say to Mnangagwa, 'We will not allow your ministers to come here and get treatment when you have destroyed your health system there, and when Zimbabweans are trapped in a situation where the hospitals have no doctors or nurses'," External link

allafrica Monday, August 31, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I thought he would eventually change. He seemed really genuine, even though I knew that he is a very conservative guy,” External link

iol Sunday, August 30, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We will back the lifting of the sales of liquor and tobacco. The workers are losing their jobs and the government stimulus package is almost non-existent. We have lost R5 billion worth of investment from SAB. The government won’t reverse that so it will become a permanent loss of an opportunity. Government can’t stop the flow of illicit cigarette sales either. We fear a bounce-back of the virus though. What happened in America and Spain should worry us. So there must be careful consideration instead of allowing pressure from interested parties,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Until the South African government stands firmly for the democratisation of that country, for the opening of the political space, the freedom of the media and ordinary people to lead a normal life and to organise themselves, we will go nowhere,” “The SA government has been treating the regime with friendliness, but it is time for the President to pick up the phone and say to Mnangagwa — ‘we will not allow your ministers to come here and get treatment when you have destroyed your health system there, and when Zimbabweans are trapped in a situation where the hospitals have no doctors or nurses’” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 12, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We will back the lifting of the sales of liquor and tobacco. The workers are losing their jobs and the government stimulus package is almost non-existent. We have lost R5 billion worth of investment from SAB. The government won’t reverse that so it will become a permanent loss of an opportunity. Government can’t stop the flow of illicit cigarette sales either. We fear a bounce-back of the virus though. What happened in America and Spain should worry us. So there must be careful consideration instead of allowing pressure from interested parties,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "Until the South African government stands firmly for the democratisation of that country, for the opening of the political space, the freedom of the media and ordinary people to lead a normal life and to organise themselves, we will go nowhere," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Until the South African government stands firmly for the democratisation of that country, for the opening of the political space, the freedom of the media and ordinary people to lead a normal life and to organise themselves, we will go nowhere," "The SA government has been treating the regime with friendliness, but it is time for the President to pick up the phone and say to Mnangagwa 'we will not allow your ministers to come here and get treatment when you have destroyed your health system there, and when Zimbabweans are trapped in a situation where the hospitals have no doctors or nurses'" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The writing was on the wall that government leaders are tripping over each other to pander to the whims of a capitalist class which has always undervalued the lives of the masses. All pretense that the government runs this state on behalf of society as a whole has been abandoned," External link

allafrica Monday, May 25, 2020 10:37:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The writing was on the wall that government leaders are tripping over each other to pander to the whims of a capitalist class which has always undervalued the lives of the masses. All pretense that the government runs this state on behalf of society as a whole has been abandoned,” External link

citizen Monday, May 25, 2020 8:34:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “If the government can’t protect its own workers, how much more the workers in the private sector. Workers are starting to die in numbers, are being infected in numbers,” External link

iol Monday, May 25, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I drank lots of water and rested for hours. I also drank lots of vitamin C and iron and have had a lot of garlic - never had to munch garlic in the manner I have been doing in the past few days and weeks," "Yet on the 14th day I went back, and I was still positive and it was sort of a little setback, but I was forewarned that it was possible and that the virus might refuse to go away and that I might need to go back if that happens, and I'll go on Friday" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, April 22, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I have no idea (where he transmitted it) all I had was the flu from Friday and it got worse by Saturday and Sunday. So yesterday I went to test, just to be on the safe side not that I had any of the big symptoms, I just felt a little bit down and out of my strides. There worst I was expecting was to test positive, but here we are," External link

the-star Thursday, April 2, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I have no idea (where he transmitted it) all I had was the flu from Friday and it got worse by Saturday and Sunday. So yesterday I went to test, just to be on the safe side not that I had any of the big symptoms, I just felt a little bit down and out of my strides. There worst I was expecting was to test positive, but here we are," External link

iol Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “As we have seen the Minister of Defence deploying every military personnel to our communities, we want the Minister of Labour to deploy an equivalent of labour inspectors to every factory, farm and workplace like they did with the military,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Generally the private sector employers cut corners and side step worker protections accruing from the various pieces of labour legislation. Almost 50% of workers do not get regular annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, or the agreed to wages and conditions of employment. Disappointingly even in the face of the crisis of this magnitude, some employers are angling to cut corners!,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Generally the private sector employers cut corners and side step worker protections accruing from the various pieces of labour legislation. Almost 50% of workers do not get regular annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, or the agreed to wages and conditions of employment. Disappointingly even in the face of the crisis of this magnitude, some employers are angling to cut corners!,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “extremely concerned that the chickens may come back home to roost during this crisis,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Saftu has maintained that the office of the registrar acted not only recklessly but its decision is informed by the political bias against the independent, democratic and campaigning unions that do not form part of the sweetheart arrangement of the tripartite alliance with the governing party,” “We have charged that the registrar is wholly inconsistent in the application of the law. Unions in the tripartite alliance, which, for years, did not comply with the provisions of their own constitution and in direct contradiction to sections 98, 99 and 100 [of the LRA], were never deregistered” External link

businessday Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We are not a socialist movement. We are an anti-austerity movement,” External link

citizen Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “South Africa finds itself on a precipice. The economic malaise currently being experienced places the nation at the point of no return,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Despite our different histories, different organisational paths, differences over ideology, we are rising above all that separates us to focus on what unites us. We are seeking unity in the face of the destruction of working-class life and the onslaught ahead of us,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “They are refusing to listen to us. This budget is going to all be about Moody’s, not the people of Soweto and Alexandra,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The World Bank says the size of public service is a political issue that every government must address,” “In SA, we have shortages of critical, front-line workers in so many areas, such as health, education, police and general public service. We don’t know where this propaganda about a bloated sector comes from” External link

businessday Tuesday, February 4, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “He is obviously very upset. He’s calling me a Stalinist, a dictator,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 24, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We are suspecting that the decision taken by the department to place the entity under a business rescue practitioner is part of government’s strategy of privatising the state-owned entity,” External link

citizen Friday, December 6, 2019 10:54:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We are not surprised that the once mighty (which was) seen as the hope for our democracy is now championing privatization and the strengthening role of capital in the economy! That’s exactly happens when a trade union choose to sleep with the comprador bourgeoisie in the same bedroom. They endorsed a comprador bourgeoisie to liberate the working class and up until this day they see no contradiction in that,” External link

iol Monday, November 25, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi told : “Cosatu has made its choice! The leadership wants to follow others before this generation to parliament and the executive to join in the slaughtering of the sheep to feed the lions through implementation of neo-liberal policies now laced with austerity programmes,” External link

iol Monday, November 25, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We don’t know him that well. What worries us is the perception that black executives are being ignored and that transformation is being reversed at present,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “There must be an open discussion about what must be done about the debt, and we feel that the R59 billion (bailout) over the next three years might not be a sustainable solution,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Without Amcu support, Saftu is weak – making it difficult to defeat the enemy,” External link

citizen Friday, September 20, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The department of labour has become an instrument of this class rule by the capitalist class” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “It essentially means, comrades, that the bosses are taking our teeth away. They are taking away our very last weapons,” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “They are killing us comrades. And the tragedy is that our other federations signed for this, smiling with [President Cyril] Ramaphosa” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Transpharm is already using the highly restrictive labour laws, passed late last year, which include secret balloting before workers can embark on strike action and other picketing rules, to stifle the rights of workers to struggle for decent wages and working conditions,” “In an attempt to undermine the strike action, in line with the passed said stringent labour laws, the company has applied for a court order to interdict the workers” External link

businessday Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:42:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We remember the massacres in Matabeleland, we remember the brutalisation of activists in Zimbabwe, including from the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions for resting this misrule. We must remember both sides [and] we’ll salute him as we should,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, September 6, 2019 2:31:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “That is why it can afford to sign the deals that it has, like the deal for a slave national minimum wage, which entrenches apartheid inequalities That is why it has signed off laws that basically undermine and limit the rights of workers to embark on strike action,” External link

mg Friday, August 2, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We expect more hell coming out of the State of the Nation Address. The fundamental difficulties, the structural deficiencies we inherited from the apartheid, the colonial economy will not be addressed. They will be no change of direction” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi commenting ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "The Zimbabwean opposition has what is called in politics a momentum, with the MDC Chamisa becoming an unstoppable tsunami!" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The Saftu national office bearers are of the view that this state of affairs constitutes a crisis for both Fawu and the federation Frankly, Saftu would not be what it is today if Fawu had not played the role it played,” External link

the-star Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Ace Magashule ) : “Ace Magashule must thank his colleagues in the ANC and the entire alliance that the state has but collapsed. After 25 years of the ANC misrule the police that should have capacity and will to investigate such allegations and bring all the perpetrators to book,” External link

citizen Monday, April 1, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Ace Magashule ) : “We cannot claim to be surprised by the utter political arrogance he and the ANC has displayed in response to these allegations. Ace Magashule was given an opportunity to respond but in a display of the typical ANC arrogance chose to ignore all the questions but to later dismiss them all as the work of the negative media,” External link

citizen Monday, April 1, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Ace Magashule ) : “Of course, every poll suggests that the ANC will win the coming general elections. Ace Magashule knows this, and every other leader and the ANC of the once glorious movement of the people knows that too. It is this assurance from the voters that makes Magashule and all of his colleagues able to ignore the questions and later dismiss serious allegations as the negativity of the media,” External link

citizen Monday, April 1, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi added : “Now they have decided to work with the government to actively try to deter members from campaigning and joining independent trade unions that are rising since we started Saftu two years ago,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We see no reason why we have to resort to marching and making sacrificing such as being on a strike since 18 of July to pursue a sect of demands that the police management long agreed with us that these demands were just and therefore the strike is completely unnecessary,” “We are now paying the price of putting these clowns in power who want to be on twitter, who want to be popular on social media instead of solving of workers” External link

enca Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:18:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We aim to make sure that individuals within these companies pay for all of the shenanigans , this money didn’t find itself flying out of Eskom to Trillion accounts," External link

enca Friday, October 6, 2017 11:39:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi says : “I have no doubt about that this is them at play -- having been a victim of these shenanigans myself...I know the modus operandi of these guys when they go for cutthroat politics, they go full blast...They will isolate and then go for the kill...people have survived and I think people are no longer taking this nonsense serious,” External link

enca Monday, September 4, 2017 10:52:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We are seeing the 21st of April as an important milestone in unifying South African workers. It's only a milestone, not the ultimate achievement of the unity of South African workers," External link

news24 Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : "Even though Ramaphosa and Cosatu keep on saying half a loaf is better than none, we are not interested in that old rhetoric of employers," External link

news24 Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Bathabile Dlamini ) : "It's not an issue with [Bathabile] Dlamini, but an entire Cabinet which has been sitting with a contract that's illegal for two years," External link

news24 Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : "For them to go to Cabinet and be members of Parliament will depend on Ramaphosa's fortunes," External link

news24 Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Workers who have suffered years of mass unemployment, deepening poverty and widening inequality will be mobilising to liberate themselves and show in practise that there are alternative ways to represent their interests and free themselves from the shackles of the exploitation by a capitalist elite,” External link

iol Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:26:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "This is not a struggle for democracy, it is a struggle for competing interests. I beg you all, keep NUMSA an independent union," External link

iol Monday, December 12, 2016 9:31:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Nelson Mandela ) : "We need in the trade unions what happened in Nelson Mandela [Bay], Tshwane and Johannesburg," External link

allafrica Monday, September 19, 2016 10:15:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The workers still suffering from years of neglect will be the last thing on their minds," External link

allafrica Monday, September 19, 2016 10:15:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Nelson Mandela ) : "We need in the trade unions what happened in Nelson Mandela [Bay], Tshwane and Johannesburg," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The workers still suffering from years of neglect will be the last thing on their minds," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Nelson Mandela ) : "We need in the trade unions what happened in Nelson Mandela [Bay], Tshwane and Johannesburg," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:53:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The workers still suffering from years of neglect will be the last thing on their minds," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:53:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Those working in the Post Office know exactly the price workers must pay for the fact that the unions sleep in the same bed as the bosses with the government,” External link

iol Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:01:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "It's just a drop in the ocean, but we are happy," "We must stop the fragmentation of unions, South Africa has a record number of trade unions," External link

allafrica Monday, September 5, 2016 4:50:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “It’s just a drop in the ocean, but we are happy,” “We must stop the fragmentation of unions; South Africa has a record number of trade unions,” External link

news24 Monday, September 5, 2016 4:31:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We have had robust discussions on the question of independence, and despite our differences, we will not affiliate to any political party. We will also not enter into any cosy deals with employers that undermine members’ conditions,” External link

iol Friday, September 2, 2016 10:57:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “This is what makes us distinctive,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, September 2, 2016 1:31:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "There is a crisis of representation, and our people are less clear about who exactly represents their interests," "We have wasted 22 years where we should have clinched a unity of workers that is meaningful, because there was an insistence by some that we should be married politically," External link

bdlive Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “They must go and jump and they will not get a single cent, they must go and deal with crisis that they dismissed hundreds of thousands of workers because they didn’t agree with their political stance,” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 4:53:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The allegation that Fawu has purged KZN members is unfounded. The constitution imposed that every branch regional structure must hold a congress and have a mandate from their members. Every person who goes to that congress is representing a consistency. And the case of KZN they are divided, they couldn’t agree and were given an opportunity three times,” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 4:53:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Whatever excuses they continue to make up‚ the expulsion of Numsa and my dismissal were political – evidence that they can no longer tolerate those who insist that the federation should remain true to its founding principles," "The opportunity for a militant campaign around the national minimum wage has been sacrificed in favour of wasting time in the central executive committee on defending President Zuma‚" External link

bdlive Monday, August 22, 2016 3:54:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Whatever excuses they continue to make up‚ the expulsion of Numsa and my dismissal were political – evidence that they can no longer tolerate those who insist that the federation should remain true to its founding principles," "The opportunity for a militant campaign around the national minimum wage has been sacrificed in favour of wasting time in the central executive committee on defending President Zuma‚" External link

businessday Monday, August 22, 2016 3:52:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Today I remember this warning so well‚" External link

bdlive Monday, August 8, 2016 3:19:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Today I remember this warning so well‚" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 8, 2016 2:57:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “You have to start acting in your own interest,” External link

news24 Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:54:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “He is abusing his power. He tells people to turn the cameras away when they see the destruction of property‚” External link

thetimes-za Sunday, July 10, 2016 2:13:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We demand these journalists to be reinstated with immediate effect‚ unconditionally‚” External link

thetimes-za Sunday, July 10, 2016 2:13:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Hlauli Motsoeneng ) : "We are putting pressure on them to do the right thing … to protect the Constitution of SA, to protect media freedom, to kick out that Hlaudi Motsoeneng editorial policy that he pushed through the back door to make himself the editor-in-chief of the news and all of the crazy things he is doing," External link

businessday Thursday, July 7, 2016 5:05:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Hlauli Motsoeneng ) : "We are putting pressure on them to do the right thing … to protect the Constitution of SA, to protect media freedom, to kick out that Hlaudi Motsoeneng editorial policy that he pushed through the back door to make himself the editor-in-chief of the news and all of the crazy things he is doing," External link

bdlive Thursday, July 7, 2016 4:54:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi responding ( about Zwelinzima Vavi ) : “The shameful support of the ANC of censorship is supposed to be now about Vavi. That is nonsense. Where is the ANC and why is it not defending the Constitution of the Republic? What type of an ANC do we have today?” External link

mg Wednesday, July 6, 2016 5:12:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi added : “We think this is an attempt to deflect attention away from the fact that they endorsed censorship. We hope the investigation won’t fall by the wayside, like the investigation about state capture has,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 5, 2016 8:17:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi added : “We think this is an attempt to deflect attention away from the fact that they endorsed censorship. We hope the investigation won’t fall by the wayside, like the investigation about state capture has,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 5, 2016 8:17:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We insist that the six journalists should be reinstated immediately and unconditionally, and the editorial policy that was pushed through the back door by the SABC board be scrapped and that the original 2004 editorial policy be put in place because this policy is illegal,” External link

iol Monday, July 4, 2016 8:07:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Hlauli Motsoeneng ) : “Motsoeneng must not be in this building. The high court had reinforced the public protector’s remedial action that says his appointment was irrational and illegal. We should be speaking to someone who is legally appointed and respects the constitution,” External link

iol Monday, July 4, 2016 8:07:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We felt we needed to give him the benefit of the doubt‚" External link

bdlive Monday, July 4, 2016 5:46:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We felt we needed to give him the benefit of the doubt‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, July 4, 2016 3:39:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “He tells people to turn the cameras away when they see the destruction of property‚” External link

iol Friday, July 1, 2016 6:07:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi asked : "Why has the competition for positions become so intense, leading to these killings and mass destruction of public property including schools? Why have these disputes become more of a feature now inside the ruling party more than in any time in its history?" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, June 27, 2016 9:34:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Our leadership have turned to be security guards of white monopoly capital" External link

enca Sunday, June 26, 2016 11:21:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “These are abnormal circumstances; let’s not get bogged down on credentials; let the ANC (national office bearers) come in, see what they say and try to find solutions” External link

the-star Saturday, June 25, 2016 5:48:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “These are abnormal circumstances; let’s not get bogged down on credentials; let the ANC (national office bearers) come in, see what they say and try to find solutions” External link

iol Saturday, June 25, 2016 5:43:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi tells : "It's the people on the streets that must lead the campaign to get the president out of office," External link

theafricareport Wednesday, June 1, 2016 6:47:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi told : "They are saying it's for the good of the society, just like the apartheid government said it was, at the time," External link

allafrica Sunday, May 29, 2016 5:54:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi told : "They are saying it's for the good of the society, just like the apartheid government said it was, at the time," External link

aljazeera-en Saturday, May 28, 2016 6:24:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi added : “With them we wanted to show that we are a non-racial organisation,” External link

iol Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:38:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Unemployment has now reached breaking point at 8.9 million of the adult population. The figures speak for themselves, we are witnessing nothing less than a jobs bloodbath," External link

iol Friday, May 20, 2016 11:07:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The new federation will demand free and funded education through community service in state programmes,” External link

iol Friday, May 20, 2016 11:07:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We know (the new federation) must present a credible alternative economic strategy that deals with the current crisis and deals with the transformation of the economy into one that guarantees sustained jobs‚ improved living conditions and a comprehensive social welfare system," "Such an alternative economic strategy will need to be based in the first instance on redistribution of wealth to deal with inequality and unemployment" External link

businessday Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We know (the new federation) must present a credible alternative economic strategy that deals with the current crisis and deals with the transformation of the economy into one that guarantees sustained jobs‚ improved living conditions and a comprehensive social welfare system," "Such an alternative economic strategy will need to be based in the first instance on redistribution of wealth to deal with inequality and unemployment" External link

bdlive Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:05:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We know [the new federation] must present a credible alternative economic strategy that deals with the current crisis and deals with the transformation of the economy into one that guarantees sustained jobs‚ improved living conditions and a comprehensive social welfare system. Such an alternative economic strategy will need to be based in the first instance on redistribution of wealth to deal with inequality and unemployment‚" External link

thetimes-za Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The ruling elite are keeping their opulence while they keep the living wage at the lowest. We didn’t struggle for social grants. Enough of Vavi versus Sdumo. Let’s be preoccupied by mobilising workers to work towards achieving the goals of the working class,” External link

iol Monday, March 16, 2015 4:01:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "To me this whole episode is nothing but a witch-hunt to surgically remove the general secretary," External link

bdlive Monday, March 9, 2015 9:26:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "To me this whole episode is nothing but a witch-hunt to surgically remove the general secretary," External link

businessday Monday, March 9, 2015 9:22:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340 000 dismissed and with half not present - that did not help [the] unity project" External link

news24 Thursday, March 5, 2015 4:55:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I twice attended the CEC with 340 000 dismissed and with half not present – that did not help unity project” External link

mg Thursday, March 5, 2015 3:22:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340,000 dismissed and with half not present -- that did not help unity project" External link

thenewage Thursday, March 5, 2015 2:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340,000 dismissed and with half not present — that did not help unity project" External link

businessday Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:28:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340,000 dismissed and with half not present — that did not help unity project" External link

bdlive Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:25:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I twice attended the CEC with 340,000. dismissed and with half not present Ä that did not help unity project” External link

iol Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:20:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I twice attended the CEC with 340 000 dismissed and with half not present - that did not help unity project” External link

iol Tuesday, March 3, 2015 5:16:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340,000 dismissed and with half not present -- that did not help unity project" External link

thenewage Tuesday, March 3, 2015 4:42:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We have a group of directors… who are doing everything to stonewall and delay workers from ‘getting’ what is clearly due to them” External link

iol Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:23:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I twice attended the CEC with 340 000 dismissed and with half not present - that did not help unity project” External link

iol Monday, March 2, 2015 11:32:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We need to start collaborating at all positions of society because if we freely participate in small corruption, it leads the way to bigger corruption," External link

thetimes-za Friday, February 20, 2015 7:44:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Whoever did that (jammed the signal) deserves the harshest form of action,” External link

iol Friday, February 13, 2015 6:43:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Whoever did that [jammed the signal], deserves the harshest form of action," External link

thenewage Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:30:00 PM EAT



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Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The SA government has been treating the (Zimbabwe) regime with friendliness, but it is time for the President to pick up the phone and say to Mnangagwa, 'We will not allow your ministers to come here and get treatment when you have destroyed your health system there, and when Zimbabweans are trapped in a situation where the hospitals have no doctors or nurses'," External link

allafrica Monday, August 31, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I thought he would eventually change. He seemed really genuine, even though I knew that he is a very conservative guy,” External link

iol Sunday, August 30, 2020 3:57:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We will back the lifting of the sales of liquor and tobacco. The workers are losing their jobs and the government stimulus package is almost non-existent. We have lost R5 billion worth of investment from SAB. The government won’t reverse that so it will become a permanent loss of an opportunity. Government can’t stop the flow of illicit cigarette sales either. We fear a bounce-back of the virus though. What happened in America and Spain should worry us. So there must be careful consideration instead of allowing pressure from interested parties,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:13:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Until the South African government stands firmly for the democratisation of that country, for the opening of the political space, the freedom of the media and ordinary people to lead a normal life and to organise themselves, we will go nowhere,” “The SA government has been treating the regime with friendliness, but it is time for the President to pick up the phone and say to Mnangagwa — ‘we will not allow your ministers to come here and get treatment when you have destroyed your health system there, and when Zimbabweans are trapped in a situation where the hospitals have no doctors or nurses’” External link

newsday Wednesday, August 12, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We will back the lifting of the sales of liquor and tobacco. The workers are losing their jobs and the government stimulus package is almost non-existent. We have lost R5 billion worth of investment from SAB. The government won’t reverse that so it will become a permanent loss of an opportunity. Government can’t stop the flow of illicit cigarette sales either. We fear a bounce-back of the virus though. What happened in America and Spain should worry us. So there must be careful consideration instead of allowing pressure from interested parties,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "Until the South African government stands firmly for the democratisation of that country, for the opening of the political space, the freedom of the media and ordinary people to lead a normal life and to organise themselves, we will go nowhere," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Until the South African government stands firmly for the democratisation of that country, for the opening of the political space, the freedom of the media and ordinary people to lead a normal life and to organise themselves, we will go nowhere," "The SA government has been treating the regime with friendliness, but it is time for the President to pick up the phone and say to Mnangagwa 'we will not allow your ministers to come here and get treatment when you have destroyed your health system there, and when Zimbabweans are trapped in a situation where the hospitals have no doctors or nurses'" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The writing was on the wall that government leaders are tripping over each other to pander to the whims of a capitalist class which has always undervalued the lives of the masses. All pretense that the government runs this state on behalf of society as a whole has been abandoned," External link

allafrica Monday, May 25, 2020 10:37:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The writing was on the wall that government leaders are tripping over each other to pander to the whims of a capitalist class which has always undervalued the lives of the masses. All pretense that the government runs this state on behalf of society as a whole has been abandoned,” External link

citizen Monday, May 25, 2020 8:34:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “If the government can’t protect its own workers, how much more the workers in the private sector. Workers are starting to die in numbers, are being infected in numbers,” External link

iol Monday, May 25, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I drank lots of water and rested for hours. I also drank lots of vitamin C and iron and have had a lot of garlic - never had to munch garlic in the manner I have been doing in the past few days and weeks," "Yet on the 14th day I went back, and I was still positive and it was sort of a little setback, but I was forewarned that it was possible and that the virus might refuse to go away and that I might need to go back if that happens, and I'll go on Friday" External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, April 22, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I have no idea (where he transmitted it) all I had was the flu from Friday and it got worse by Saturday and Sunday. So yesterday I went to test, just to be on the safe side not that I had any of the big symptoms, I just felt a little bit down and out of my strides. There worst I was expecting was to test positive, but here we are," External link

the-star Thursday, April 2, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I have no idea (where he transmitted it) all I had was the flu from Friday and it got worse by Saturday and Sunday. So yesterday I went to test, just to be on the safe side not that I had any of the big symptoms, I just felt a little bit down and out of my strides. There worst I was expecting was to test positive, but here we are," External link

iol Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:37:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “As we have seen the Minister of Defence deploying every military personnel to our communities, we want the Minister of Labour to deploy an equivalent of labour inspectors to every factory, farm and workplace like they did with the military,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Generally the private sector employers cut corners and side step worker protections accruing from the various pieces of labour legislation. Almost 50% of workers do not get regular annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, or the agreed to wages and conditions of employment. Disappointingly even in the face of the crisis of this magnitude, some employers are angling to cut corners!,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Generally the private sector employers cut corners and side step worker protections accruing from the various pieces of labour legislation. Almost 50% of workers do not get regular annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, or the agreed to wages and conditions of employment. Disappointingly even in the face of the crisis of this magnitude, some employers are angling to cut corners!,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “extremely concerned that the chickens may come back home to roost during this crisis,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Saftu has maintained that the office of the registrar acted not only recklessly but its decision is informed by the political bias against the independent, democratic and campaigning unions that do not form part of the sweetheart arrangement of the tripartite alliance with the governing party,” “We have charged that the registrar is wholly inconsistent in the application of the law. Unions in the tripartite alliance, which, for years, did not comply with the provisions of their own constitution and in direct contradiction to sections 98, 99 and 100 [of the LRA], were never deregistered” External link

businessday Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We are not a socialist movement. We are an anti-austerity movement,” External link

citizen Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “South Africa finds itself on a precipice. The economic malaise currently being experienced places the nation at the point of no return,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Despite our different histories, different organisational paths, differences over ideology, we are rising above all that separates us to focus on what unites us. We are seeking unity in the face of the destruction of working-class life and the onslaught ahead of us,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “They are refusing to listen to us. This budget is going to all be about Moody’s, not the people of Soweto and Alexandra,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The World Bank says the size of public service is a political issue that every government must address,” “In SA, we have shortages of critical, front-line workers in so many areas, such as health, education, police and general public service. We don’t know where this propaganda about a bloated sector comes from” External link

businessday Tuesday, February 4, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “He is obviously very upset. He’s calling me a Stalinist, a dictator,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 24, 2020 5:33:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We are suspecting that the decision taken by the department to place the entity under a business rescue practitioner is part of government’s strategy of privatising the state-owned entity,” External link

citizen Friday, December 6, 2019 10:54:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We are not surprised that the once mighty (which was) seen as the hope for our democracy is now championing privatization and the strengthening role of capital in the economy! That’s exactly happens when a trade union choose to sleep with the comprador bourgeoisie in the same bedroom. They endorsed a comprador bourgeoisie to liberate the working class and up until this day they see no contradiction in that,” External link

iol Monday, November 25, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi told : “Cosatu has made its choice! The leadership wants to follow others before this generation to parliament and the executive to join in the slaughtering of the sheep to feed the lions through implementation of neo-liberal policies now laced with austerity programmes,” External link

iol Monday, November 25, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We don’t know him that well. What worries us is the perception that black executives are being ignored and that transformation is being reversed at present,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “There must be an open discussion about what must be done about the debt, and we feel that the R59 billion (bailout) over the next three years might not be a sustainable solution,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Without Amcu support, Saftu is weak – making it difficult to defeat the enemy,” External link

citizen Friday, September 20, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The department of labour has become an instrument of this class rule by the capitalist class” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “It essentially means, comrades, that the bosses are taking our teeth away. They are taking away our very last weapons,” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “They are killing us comrades. And the tragedy is that our other federations signed for this, smiling with [President Cyril] Ramaphosa” External link

mg Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Transpharm is already using the highly restrictive labour laws, passed late last year, which include secret balloting before workers can embark on strike action and other picketing rules, to stifle the rights of workers to struggle for decent wages and working conditions,” “In an attempt to undermine the strike action, in line with the passed said stringent labour laws, the company has applied for a court order to interdict the workers” External link

businessday Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:42:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We remember the massacres in Matabeleland, we remember the brutalisation of activists in Zimbabwe, including from the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions for resting this misrule. We must remember both sides [and] we’ll salute him as we should,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, September 6, 2019 2:31:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “That is why it can afford to sign the deals that it has, like the deal for a slave national minimum wage, which entrenches apartheid inequalities That is why it has signed off laws that basically undermine and limit the rights of workers to embark on strike action,” External link

mg Friday, August 2, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We expect more hell coming out of the State of the Nation Address. The fundamental difficulties, the structural deficiencies we inherited from the apartheid, the colonial economy will not be addressed. They will be no change of direction” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:49:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi commenting ( about Nelson Chamisa ) : "The Zimbabwean opposition has what is called in politics a momentum, with the MDC Chamisa becoming an unstoppable tsunami!" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:08:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The Saftu national office bearers are of the view that this state of affairs constitutes a crisis for both Fawu and the federation Frankly, Saftu would not be what it is today if Fawu had not played the role it played,” External link

the-star Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Ace Magashule ) : “Ace Magashule must thank his colleagues in the ANC and the entire alliance that the state has but collapsed. After 25 years of the ANC misrule the police that should have capacity and will to investigate such allegations and bring all the perpetrators to book,” External link

citizen Monday, April 1, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Ace Magashule ) : “We cannot claim to be surprised by the utter political arrogance he and the ANC has displayed in response to these allegations. Ace Magashule was given an opportunity to respond but in a display of the typical ANC arrogance chose to ignore all the questions but to later dismiss them all as the work of the negative media,” External link

citizen Monday, April 1, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Ace Magashule ) : “Of course, every poll suggests that the ANC will win the coming general elections. Ace Magashule knows this, and every other leader and the ANC of the once glorious movement of the people knows that too. It is this assurance from the voters that makes Magashule and all of his colleagues able to ignore the questions and later dismiss serious allegations as the negativity of the media,” External link

citizen Monday, April 1, 2019 11:44:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi added : “Now they have decided to work with the government to actively try to deter members from campaigning and joining independent trade unions that are rising since we started Saftu two years ago,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7:14:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We see no reason why we have to resort to marching and making sacrificing such as being on a strike since 18 of July to pursue a sect of demands that the police management long agreed with us that these demands were just and therefore the strike is completely unnecessary,” “We are now paying the price of putting these clowns in power who want to be on twitter, who want to be popular on social media instead of solving of workers” External link

enca Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:18:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We aim to make sure that individuals within these companies pay for all of the shenanigans , this money didn’t find itself flying out of Eskom to Trillion accounts," External link

enca Friday, October 6, 2017 11:39:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi says : “I have no doubt about that this is them at play -- having been a victim of these shenanigans myself...I know the modus operandi of these guys when they go for cutthroat politics, they go full blast...They will isolate and then go for the kill...people have survived and I think people are no longer taking this nonsense serious,” External link

enca Monday, September 4, 2017 10:52:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We are seeing the 21st of April as an important milestone in unifying South African workers. It's only a milestone, not the ultimate achievement of the unity of South African workers," External link

news24 Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : "Even though Ramaphosa and Cosatu keep on saying half a loaf is better than none, we are not interested in that old rhetoric of employers," External link

news24 Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Bathabile Dlamini ) : "It's not an issue with [Bathabile] Dlamini, but an entire Cabinet which has been sitting with a contract that's illegal for two years," External link

news24 Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : "For them to go to Cabinet and be members of Parliament will depend on Ramaphosa's fortunes," External link

news24 Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Workers who have suffered years of mass unemployment, deepening poverty and widening inequality will be mobilising to liberate themselves and show in practise that there are alternative ways to represent their interests and free themselves from the shackles of the exploitation by a capitalist elite,” External link

iol Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:26:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "This is not a struggle for democracy, it is a struggle for competing interests. I beg you all, keep NUMSA an independent union," External link

iol Monday, December 12, 2016 9:31:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Nelson Mandela ) : "We need in the trade unions what happened in Nelson Mandela [Bay], Tshwane and Johannesburg," External link

allafrica Monday, September 19, 2016 10:15:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The workers still suffering from years of neglect will be the last thing on their minds," External link

allafrica Monday, September 19, 2016 10:15:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Nelson Mandela ) : "We need in the trade unions what happened in Nelson Mandela [Bay], Tshwane and Johannesburg," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The workers still suffering from years of neglect will be the last thing on their minds," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Nelson Mandela ) : "We need in the trade unions what happened in Nelson Mandela [Bay], Tshwane and Johannesburg," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:53:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "The workers still suffering from years of neglect will be the last thing on their minds," External link

allafrica Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:53:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Those working in the Post Office know exactly the price workers must pay for the fact that the unions sleep in the same bed as the bosses with the government,” External link

iol Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:01:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "It's just a drop in the ocean, but we are happy," "We must stop the fragmentation of unions, South Africa has a record number of trade unions," External link

allafrica Monday, September 5, 2016 4:50:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “It’s just a drop in the ocean, but we are happy,” “We must stop the fragmentation of unions; South Africa has a record number of trade unions,” External link

news24 Monday, September 5, 2016 4:31:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We have had robust discussions on the question of independence, and despite our differences, we will not affiliate to any political party. We will also not enter into any cosy deals with employers that undermine members’ conditions,” External link

iol Friday, September 2, 2016 10:57:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “This is what makes us distinctive,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, September 2, 2016 1:31:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "There is a crisis of representation, and our people are less clear about who exactly represents their interests," "We have wasted 22 years where we should have clinched a unity of workers that is meaningful, because there was an insistence by some that we should be married politically," External link

bdlive Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “They must go and jump and they will not get a single cent, they must go and deal with crisis that they dismissed hundreds of thousands of workers because they didn’t agree with their political stance,” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 4:53:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The allegation that Fawu has purged KZN members is unfounded. The constitution imposed that every branch regional structure must hold a congress and have a mandate from their members. Every person who goes to that congress is representing a consistency. And the case of KZN they are divided, they couldn’t agree and were given an opportunity three times,” External link

iol Thursday, September 1, 2016 4:53:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Whatever excuses they continue to make up‚ the expulsion of Numsa and my dismissal were political – evidence that they can no longer tolerate those who insist that the federation should remain true to its founding principles," "The opportunity for a militant campaign around the national minimum wage has been sacrificed in favour of wasting time in the central executive committee on defending President Zuma‚" External link

bdlive Monday, August 22, 2016 3:54:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Whatever excuses they continue to make up‚ the expulsion of Numsa and my dismissal were political – evidence that they can no longer tolerate those who insist that the federation should remain true to its founding principles," "The opportunity for a militant campaign around the national minimum wage has been sacrificed in favour of wasting time in the central executive committee on defending President Zuma‚" External link

businessday Monday, August 22, 2016 3:52:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Today I remember this warning so well‚" External link

bdlive Monday, August 8, 2016 3:19:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Today I remember this warning so well‚" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 8, 2016 2:57:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “You have to start acting in your own interest,” External link

news24 Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:54:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “He is abusing his power. He tells people to turn the cameras away when they see the destruction of property‚” External link

thetimes-za Sunday, July 10, 2016 2:13:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We demand these journalists to be reinstated with immediate effect‚ unconditionally‚” External link

thetimes-za Sunday, July 10, 2016 2:13:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Hlauli Motsoeneng ) : "We are putting pressure on them to do the right thing … to protect the Constitution of SA, to protect media freedom, to kick out that Hlaudi Motsoeneng editorial policy that he pushed through the back door to make himself the editor-in-chief of the news and all of the crazy things he is doing," External link

businessday Thursday, July 7, 2016 5:05:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Hlauli Motsoeneng ) : "We are putting pressure on them to do the right thing … to protect the Constitution of SA, to protect media freedom, to kick out that Hlaudi Motsoeneng editorial policy that he pushed through the back door to make himself the editor-in-chief of the news and all of the crazy things he is doing," External link

bdlive Thursday, July 7, 2016 4:54:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi responding ( about Zwelinzima Vavi ) : “The shameful support of the ANC of censorship is supposed to be now about Vavi. That is nonsense. Where is the ANC and why is it not defending the Constitution of the Republic? What type of an ANC do we have today?” External link

mg Wednesday, July 6, 2016 5:12:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi added : “We think this is an attempt to deflect attention away from the fact that they endorsed censorship. We hope the investigation won’t fall by the wayside, like the investigation about state capture has,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 5, 2016 8:17:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi added : “We think this is an attempt to deflect attention away from the fact that they endorsed censorship. We hope the investigation won’t fall by the wayside, like the investigation about state capture has,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 5, 2016 8:17:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We insist that the six journalists should be reinstated immediately and unconditionally, and the editorial policy that was pushed through the back door by the SABC board be scrapped and that the original 2004 editorial policy be put in place because this policy is illegal,” External link

iol Monday, July 4, 2016 8:07:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said ( about Hlauli Motsoeneng ) : “Motsoeneng must not be in this building. The high court had reinforced the public protector’s remedial action that says his appointment was irrational and illegal. We should be speaking to someone who is legally appointed and respects the constitution,” External link

iol Monday, July 4, 2016 8:07:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We felt we needed to give him the benefit of the doubt‚" External link

bdlive Monday, July 4, 2016 5:46:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We felt we needed to give him the benefit of the doubt‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, July 4, 2016 3:39:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “He tells people to turn the cameras away when they see the destruction of property‚” External link

iol Friday, July 1, 2016 6:07:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi asked : "Why has the competition for positions become so intense, leading to these killings and mass destruction of public property including schools? Why have these disputes become more of a feature now inside the ruling party more than in any time in its history?" External link

bulawayo24 Monday, June 27, 2016 9:34:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Our leadership have turned to be security guards of white monopoly capital" External link

enca Sunday, June 26, 2016 11:21:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “These are abnormal circumstances; let’s not get bogged down on credentials; let the ANC (national office bearers) come in, see what they say and try to find solutions” External link

the-star Saturday, June 25, 2016 5:48:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “These are abnormal circumstances; let’s not get bogged down on credentials; let the ANC (national office bearers) come in, see what they say and try to find solutions” External link

iol Saturday, June 25, 2016 5:43:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi tells : "It's the people on the streets that must lead the campaign to get the president out of office," External link

theafricareport Wednesday, June 1, 2016 6:47:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi told : "They are saying it's for the good of the society, just like the apartheid government said it was, at the time," External link

allafrica Sunday, May 29, 2016 5:54:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi told : "They are saying it's for the good of the society, just like the apartheid government said it was, at the time," External link

aljazeera-en Saturday, May 28, 2016 6:24:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi added : “With them we wanted to show that we are a non-racial organisation,” External link

iol Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:38:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Unemployment has now reached breaking point at 8.9 million of the adult population. The figures speak for themselves, we are witnessing nothing less than a jobs bloodbath," External link

iol Friday, May 20, 2016 11:07:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The new federation will demand free and funded education through community service in state programmes,” External link

iol Friday, May 20, 2016 11:07:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We know (the new federation) must present a credible alternative economic strategy that deals with the current crisis and deals with the transformation of the economy into one that guarantees sustained jobs‚ improved living conditions and a comprehensive social welfare system," "Such an alternative economic strategy will need to be based in the first instance on redistribution of wealth to deal with inequality and unemployment" External link

businessday Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We know (the new federation) must present a credible alternative economic strategy that deals with the current crisis and deals with the transformation of the economy into one that guarantees sustained jobs‚ improved living conditions and a comprehensive social welfare system," "Such an alternative economic strategy will need to be based in the first instance on redistribution of wealth to deal with inequality and unemployment" External link

bdlive Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:05:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We know [the new federation] must present a credible alternative economic strategy that deals with the current crisis and deals with the transformation of the economy into one that guarantees sustained jobs‚ improved living conditions and a comprehensive social welfare system. Such an alternative economic strategy will need to be based in the first instance on redistribution of wealth to deal with inequality and unemployment‚" External link

thetimes-za Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:48:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “The ruling elite are keeping their opulence while they keep the living wage at the lowest. We didn’t struggle for social grants. Enough of Vavi versus Sdumo. Let’s be preoccupied by mobilising workers to work towards achieving the goals of the working class,” External link

iol Monday, March 16, 2015 4:01:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "To me this whole episode is nothing but a witch-hunt to surgically remove the general secretary," External link

bdlive Monday, March 9, 2015 9:26:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "To me this whole episode is nothing but a witch-hunt to surgically remove the general secretary," External link

businessday Monday, March 9, 2015 9:22:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340 000 dismissed and with half not present - that did not help [the] unity project" External link

news24 Thursday, March 5, 2015 4:55:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I twice attended the CEC with 340 000 dismissed and with half not present – that did not help unity project” External link

mg Thursday, March 5, 2015 3:22:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340,000 dismissed and with half not present -- that did not help unity project" External link

thenewage Thursday, March 5, 2015 2:00:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340,000 dismissed and with half not present — that did not help unity project" External link

businessday Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:28:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340,000 dismissed and with half not present — that did not help unity project" External link

bdlive Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:25:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I twice attended the CEC with 340,000. dismissed and with half not present Ä that did not help unity project” External link

iol Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:20:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I twice attended the CEC with 340 000 dismissed and with half not present - that did not help unity project” External link

iol Tuesday, March 3, 2015 5:16:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "I twice attended the CEC with 340,000 dismissed and with half not present -- that did not help unity project" External link

thenewage Tuesday, March 3, 2015 4:42:00 PM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “We have a group of directors… who are doing everything to stonewall and delay workers from ‘getting’ what is clearly due to them” External link

iol Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:23:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “I twice attended the CEC with 340 000 dismissed and with half not present - that did not help unity project” External link

iol Monday, March 2, 2015 11:32:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "We need to start collaborating at all positions of society because if we freely participate in small corruption, it leads the way to bigger corruption," External link

thetimes-za Friday, February 20, 2015 7:44:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : “Whoever did that (jammed the signal) deserves the harshest form of action,” External link

iol Friday, February 13, 2015 6:43:00 AM EAT

Zwelinzima Vavi said : "Whoever did that [jammed the signal], deserves the harshest form of action," External link

thenewage Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:30:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary12.31%EN09/23/201723/09/2017
boss7.69%EN10/11/201611/10/2016
general secretary67.03%EN12/04/201304/12/2013
secretary general5.71%EN11/25/201325/11/2013
patron0.88%FR08/16/201316/08/2013
secretary-general4.40%EN07/30/201330/07/2013
general0.88%EN08/03/200703/08/2007
dirigeant0.22%FR02/07/200707/02/2007
dirigente0.22%PT02/07/200707/02/2007
leader0.44%EN05/29/200629/05/2006
chief0.22%EN08/18/200518/08/2005
Names Lang Count
Zwelinzima VaviEN46.92%
Zwelinzima VaviFR18.19%
Zwelinzima VaviEU17.21%
Zwelinzima VaviAF17.21%
Zwelenzima VaviEN0.20%
Zwelinzima VaviPT0.13%
Zwelenzima VaviSV0.07%
Zwelinzima VaviSW0.07%


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