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Vavi questions ANC jobs plan

Cosatu calls for radical economic change at ANC Policy Conference.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi holds a news conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, 31 May 2012 following the union federation's central executive committee meeting.Picture: SAPA
Jacob Zuma,Cosatu,Zwelinzima Vavi,Congress Of South African Trade Unions,Jeff Radebe,ANC policy conference
Local Politics


MIDRAND - African National Congress (ANC) delegates who reject the second transition proposals are doing the right thing, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday.

The trade union federation heavyweight also called for the ANC's Policy Conference to ensure there is radical economic change rather than just talk of change.

President Jacob Zuma has been pushing what he calls second transition proposals.

Vavi said debates around the issue are on-going,“Everybody talks about a second transition and people are dismissing that concept, correctly in my view.

“But all of them say we must embrace a radical policy shift.”

Meanwhile, the ANC is expected to explain on Thursday whether its delegates have accepted or rejected a plan to pay job seekers an allowance.

ANC policy head Jeff Radebe said the plan is not meant to replace the proposed youth wage subsidy.

Zuma first mentioned a job seekers allowance on Tuesday.

Radebe then confirmed that it was being discussed.

“The youth in particular, the NYDA, as well as the youth league, these are some of the proposals they’ve put into the pot of our discussions.”

Vavi wants Zuma to explain what he means with this plan.

The Cosatu leader hopes the conference does not simply approve meaningless slogans but not properly change policy.

He said this conference must be about more than promises.

“What we can’t do, and I hope the ANC will avoid doing this, is to use the issue of radical shift for the sake of a catchword, propaganda or rhetoric.”

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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