'Zuma administration has failed working class'

Zwelinzima Vavi says Zuma's administration has done little to reduce unemployment.

Suspended Cosatu General Secretary says President Jacob Zuma's administration has failed the working class. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says President Jacob Zuma's administration has failed the working class.

Vavi addressed the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s special congress in Boksburg yesterday in his personal capacity.

The congress began on Tuesday after it was delayed for a week due to the 10 days of national mourning for former president Nelson Mandela.

Numsa is meeting to decide its future within Cosatu and to deliberate Vavi's suspension from the trade union federation.

The metalworkers union is also deciding whether or not it will back the African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming elections.

Vavi said Zuma's administration in government has done little to reduce unemployment or improve the lives of the working class.

"It is obvious that the post-Polokwane administration has spectacularly failed to reverse the crisis of unemployment."

Vavi told delegates that government is at risk of being overwhelmed by corruption.

"The flood of corruption scandals and the spread of the culture of greed and self-enrichment are threatening to unravel the fabric of our society."

He also said the ANC leaders elected at the party's Polokwane conference in 2007 have not fulfilled their promises.