A Week in August: Factions in COSATU, Economic Fear Mongering
A Week in August: Factions in COSATU, Economic Fear Mongering and the State We're In
This article was first published online here:http://sacsis.org.za/site/article/1771
Lenin once said, "There are decades when nothing happens and then there are weeks when decades happen." British Labour Party Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, was to similarly explore the vicissitudes of political time when he remarked, "a week was a long time in politics."
It’s too early to say whether the week beginning 12 August 2013 was such a week, as might have been thought of by either the revolutionary Lenin or the reformist Wilson. Yet two events in that week suggest that there were indeed such momentous shifts taking place. These events are the trade union federation, COSATU’s, decision to suspend its General Secretary, Zwelenzima Vavi and the convening of a memorial for the murdered workers of Marikana, one year after the massacre.