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Vavi warns of wavering support

Zwelinzima Vavi said the tripartite alliance needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Wednesday called on the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and his own organisation to wake up and smell the coffee.

This as black support for the Democratic Alliance (DA) increases.

He said all members of the tripartite alliance need to examine what is happening in the country.

"Don't underestimate the fact that already five percent of blacks in the townships are voting for the DA."

Vavi said his message applies to all three organisations equally.

On Friday, the secretary general warned that the ANC was at risk of losing support from the working class if the issue of poverty was ignored.

He was speaking at the 13th National Congress of the SACP in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal.

"The liberation movement is at risk of falling out of favour with the working class."

Vavi noted that since the advent of democracy in 1994, the average position of black South Africans deteriorated.

He said that the working class was angry and frustrated.

"There has been a reverse redistribution from the poor to the rich."