Vavi warns of 'ticking time bombs'

Vavi said the ANC must move away from being an organisation called "Absolutely No Consequences".

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of the South African Trade Union (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Friday warned that South Africa risks becoming a basket case as various ticking time bombs begin to explode.

He addressed the Daily Maverick's gathering conference at the Victory Theatre.

The country has been marred by violent mine protests and sporadic service delivery protests.

ANC heavyweight Paul Mashatile and the Democratic Alliance's Lindiwe Mazibuko also spoke at the event.

Mashatile said there will be no blood on the floor in Mangaung and the ANC will emerge stronger from the elective conference.

He was referring to analysts who have been warning of possible violence from ANC factions.

"There will be greater certainty in all policy questions."

Vavi used Brazil as an example of how countries leaders can lift millions out of poverty.

He reiterated calls for an end to corruption that is crippling the country.

"The ANC must move away from being a new organisation called 'Absolutely No Consequences', back to what it is, the African National Congress."

Vavi said many things can be debated but the inescapable truth is that South Africa has lost its way.

"Yes, we have made tremendous gains and progress in many fronts. However, there can be no debate in South Africa that we should not be where we are today."

Mazibuko said 2012 will be a turning point for President Jacob Zuma and his government.

Mazibuko on Thursday lost her court application to have a motion of no confidence in Zuma's leadership debated.

The DA believes corruption and unemployment has flourished under Zuma and he is not doing enough to address the issue.