Black Elite is Sick – warns Cosatu

 Black elite is sick, warn co-ruling Cosatu trade union leaders

 Oct 27 2010 – Cosatu trade union secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has slammed the excesses of the new black elite in South Africa ‘with their luxury cars, people who enrich themselves from the black-economic-empowerment laws and spend R700,000 on birthday parties where sushi is served on the bodies of naked women… This insults the integrity of the poor and this makes me sick,’ he raged. (Picture below of the ‘human sushi-plate’ at the recent 40th birthday party of businessman Kenny Kunene by Lucky Nxumalo.) Also: ANC ROTTEN TO ITS CORE:



Vavi businessman party cost R700D and sushi was served on body model Pic Lucky Nxumalo

The Cosatu trade union movement is a co-ruling organisation in the troika which runs South Africa together with the SA Communist Party and the African National Congress. Thus Cosatu is attacking its own partners, warning that the country is in the middle of a national crisis. ‘Corruption is a question of life and death in a democracy,’ he said. “Every day our public figures are accused of corruption. The abuse of political power for own gain is a ticking time bomb which is going to explode. The worst abuse of political power is when officials’ own families benefit from business-transactions. Our government must chose whether they represent the country’s citizens or only the business world’.

The country is in the middle of a national crisis”, he said. “Cosatu is furious. We demand our freedom back from the BEE-elite. We demand an egalitarian society. This Feast must come to an end (…) South Africa has spawned an uncaring, self-absorbed and indifferent black elite whose major sport is an ostentatious display of wealth and power. Crass materialism threatens the spirit of selfless service that characterised our democratic movement…”

Cosatu president  Sidumo Dlamini agreed – adding that ‘the government must be reminded that the struggle has not been waged to make the rich even richer.’

Critical black South Africans are harshly dealt with:

Many other South African blacks who dare to criticise the government in similar language and even provide proof of widespread corruption inside the ruling ANC-party, are however much more harshly dealt with than their co-ruling trade-unionists such as Vavi.

For instance, Stephen Khoza, who made the following video about the massive corruption in the public-housing sector, was arrested for fraud and allegations of ‘hijacking’ a black-economic mining company, Kalahari Resources, and this week the State will ask the Commercial Crimes Court to remand him and other co-defendants to the Sterkfontein mental hospital for ‘observation”.  His video however shows a coherent man who provided clear proof of the direct link which exists between ANC-membership, people’s jobs and their rights to public housing… and that any dissenters soon find themselves jobless and homeless…

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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