Vavi takes a jab at unions

Zwelinzima Vavi was drumming up support for the newly-formed South African Federation of Trade Unions in Cape Town this weekend.

 Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi addresses members of the public outside national treasury in Pretoria on 3 March 2017 over their dissatisfaction with President Jacob Zuma's latest cabinet reshuffle. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Zwelinzima Vavi says shop stewards must go through proper training to be able to represent workers effectively.

Vavi was drumming up support for the newly-formed South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) in Cape Town this weekend.

He is hoping to build a membership base of at 1 million by the end of the year.

Vavi says his new trade union federation will ensure those who represent workers are properly trained.

“A union’s is not only there to toyi-toyi. While it’s good, we need skilled people who can win cases.”

The former Cosatu general secretary says unions must be professional.

“The unions are divided and useless. They can’t service workers because their general secretaries are clueless about their real responsibilities.”

Vavi says Cosatu's membership numbers have suffered because of the trade union federation's relationship with the ANC.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)