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Vavi: Corruption march not a publicity stunt

Vavi and Numsa are planning a mass march to the Union Buildings against corruption.

FILE: Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Tuesday said a claim by African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe that his anti-corruption march is a publicity stunt shows that people who benefit from corruption are hiding their heads in the sand.

On Monday, Mantashe said the ANC wouldn't join the march that's being planned by Vavi and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) to the Union Buildings.

Vavi said anyone who believes corruption is not serious needs to listen to government's own ministers.

"What about when the Minister of Finance tells us that we lose five percent of our infrastructure budget to corruption and fraud?"

He said it was important that as many people as possible join the march.

Vavi said fighting corruption won't stop with the march, but needed a concerted effort from all South Africans.