Vavi lives in the past: iLIVE
Your columnist, S'Thembiso Msomi, perpetuates the false notion that Cosatu has the exclusive right to speak on behalf of workers and the poor ("DA shot itself in the foot", May 16).
If one considers that everyone at the National Economic Development and Labour Council, has accepted the need for the wage subsidy, and that Cosatu is the spoiler, this gives those who agree with the youth or wage subsidy the right to march on Cosatu.
Zwelinzima Vavi should have had the grace to accept the DA's petition and then debate the issues contained therein in a civil manner.
Cosatu is trapped in a time warp and doesn't seem to realise that we live in a democracy that allows freedom of association and thought.
The DA march did nothing to weaken anybody's hand, instead it showed that another view exists.
Labour brokers have the right to exist, and those who want to work through them should be allowed to exercise that right, and those who operate outside of the law should be dealt with accordingly. We no longer ban those with whom we disagree, do we?