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Vavi warns opportunistic members

Vavi said unionists elected to the NEC must not assume ambitions of serving in the Cabinet.

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Tuesday said trade unionists who are elected to the National Executive Committee (NEC) must not assume ambitions of serving in the Cabinet or government.

Earlier, he presented a hard-hitting political report to the Cosatu Congress at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

Vavi did not spare any criticism, saying union leaders who serve on the African National Congress (ANC) NEC must remember where they come from.

One of the issues to be discussed at the congress is how Cosatu will swell the ranks of the ANC, to ensure that workers' interests remain on top of government's agenda.

Cosatu wants to ensure that more union leaders are elected to the highest decision-making body of the ANC.

Currently, there are many NEC members who come from a trade union background, but have not been active in Cosatu since assuming their new positions.

On Monday, Vavi and his executive was re-elected unopposed for another term.

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