“We're headed for a predator state where a powerful, corrupt and demagogic elite of political hyenas are increasingly using the state to get rich,” said Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi
Cosatu's senior leaders were vocal in condemning an extravagant government and privileged ministers who preach to civil servants about limited funds.
Vavi slammed government about the expense of soccer tickets and warned that they are “underestimating” the workers' rage. Original article.
SHOOT: FW says we need to be very alert now, because the ANC can sense a weakening of its own stranglehold on power, and plenty of mischief is underway as a result. On this blog I have written that any political party in the world in power in these times and circumstances will reap the whirlwind as harsh economic times bites chunks out of the middle and working classes. If there ever was a time that corruption and self-enrichment and ostentatious displays of wealth are going to be punished, it's now.
Every day workers strike and the Government does nothing burns a deeper resentment against a government which appears not to care, not to keep its promises, and does not seem focused on education, employment or the plight of the poor. Instead their focus is clearly on themselves; targetting the media, nationalising mines and seizing land or other assets. Let's hope the strikers and working classes remember the lessons of this greedy government, or will they fall for big promises at election time yet again?
If you don't like working for this government, use your vote and choose another - Joanne Hart
According to De Klerk, the glue which holds the ANC together has disappeared, and it is going to tear apart.
"If you analyse the broader structures of the ANC you will find people grouped together who believe in completely different things. The old glue which kept them connected was the struggle to end apartheid. Apartheid is gone now, and so is the cement.
"So the ANC is going to split. They don't like hearing it, but I'm convinced it will happen. And when it does, we will see our democracy normalised to a greater degree.
"Then alliance politics will take a strong step forward in South Africa. Alliance politics allows for realistic compromises."
De Klerk, who received the Nobel Peace Prize along with former president Nelson Mandela in 1993, says he did not betray anyone or let anyone down.
"I am convinced that what we did between 1989 and 1994 was in the best interests of everyone in South Africa, and that we prevented a catastrophe.
"I'm convinced we saved hundreds of thousands of lives which would have been lost in a struggle that would have destroyed this country."