‘Only a united labour movement can force Zuma to go’

Vavi says until workers are united, Zuma will remain dismissive of calls for his resignation.

Convenor of South Africa’s first ever workers’ summit Zwelinzima Vavi in Boksburg on 28 April 2016. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Convenor of South Africa's first ever workers' summit, Zwelinzima Vavi, says disgruntled citizens will not be able to force President Jacob Zuma out of office without the assistance of a united labour movement.

The workers summit will take this place this weekend with 50 unions from different industries meeting in Boksburg, to discuss forming a new federation.

Vavi says workers were inclined to avoid Zuma Must Fall marches that took place across the country this weekend - because of divisions within the movement.

He says while he agrees that President Zuma should step down, it won't be achieved without the working class.

"Unity is so important, that's why you didn't see many of us in the Zuma Must Fall movement yesterday; because we know that that's going nowhere unless you unite workers into a formidable force to represent their interests."

Vavi says until workers are united, Zuma will remain dismissive of calls for his resignation.

"Until you do that, Zuma will laugh at us and continue to dance showing complete contempt to the views of the ordinary people."

He says unless Zuma leaves office, issues that lead service delivery protests will not be addressed.