Vavi remembers Hani amidst SA's political turmoil

South Africans came out in their numbers on Friday calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down following a Cabinet reshuffle where Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and four other ministers were fired.

Zwelenzima Vavi, convenor of the steering committee for SA Federation of Trade unions (Saftu) says he was impressed by what transpired on Friday saying South Africa has been longing for active citizenry that doesn't wait for elections to take action.

I really hope this would be a start of a new wave of ordinary South Africans holding government to account.

Zwelenzima Vavi Convenor of the steering committee for SA Federation of Trade unions

Marches changes the political attitudes of citizens.

Zwelenzima Vavi Convenor of the steering committee for SA Federation of Trade unions

Vavi says Gwede Mantashe buried himself politically by backing down on speaking against Zuma's actions.

Vavi remembered struggle hero Chis Hani who was assassinated on 10 April 1992. This year marks the 24th anniversary of Chris Hani’s death.

Now one will ever take him seriously from now moving forward.

Zwelenzima Vavi Convenor of the steering committee for SA Federation of Trade unions

Chris Hani taught us one thing, speak the truth all the time irrespective of the consequences even if the whole movement seems to be against what you stand for...

Zwelenzima Vavi Convenor of the steering committee for SA Federation of Trade unions

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