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Vavi: Tripartite alliance under threat

Cosatu's Zwelenzima Vavi says corruption and divison threatens the tripartite alliance.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, President Jacob Zuma, Limpho Hani and Lindiwe Hani at a ceremony to remember Chris Hani's assassination 20 years ago. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Wednesday warned the tripartite alliance is being threatened by corruption and division that could destroy its foundations.

Speaking at the 20th anniversary of Chris Hani's assassination in Boksburg on Wednesday, Vavi slammed corrupt leaders who do not serve selflessly.

Hani was assassinated exactly 20 years ago outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg.

He was killed by Conservative Party MP Clive Derby-Lewis and Polish hitman Janusz Walus.

A ceremony marking the anniversary of his death was held at the Thomas Nkobi Cemetery.

The event was attended by President Jacob Zuma, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and his SACP counterpart Blade Nzimande.

Vavi told the hundreds of people in attendance the alliance needs to be unified.

"We return to his grave today at a time when our movement is grappling with many challenges. And those challenges, if not attended to, threaten to destroy its very foundations."

Zuma, when he addressed those in attendance, called on members of the tripartite alliance to follow Hani's example and emulate the discipline and respect what the former SACP leader embodied.

He told dozens of people dressed in red SACP and Cosatu t-shirts that Hani would never use the tripartite alliance to advance his own agenda.