The Congress of South African Trade Unions congratulates the Super Eagles of Nigeria on winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations in Johannesburg. Africa is proud of you!
We also congratulate all the other finalists, including Bafana Bafana, the quality of whose players was exceptional, proving once again that Africa is the source of the finest players in the world, even if sadly so many of them play in Europe rather than their home continent.
COSATU also congratulates all the organisers and workers who toiled before and during the tournament to ensure that it was the spectacular success we witnessed in our stadiums and on our TVs.
Just as we said after the 2010 World Cup, big events like these prove that we can organise the best and biggest sporting events in the world. The venues were fine; transport efficient; media coverage world-class and crime at the matches minimal.
So why can we not do the same when it comes to building new schools and hospitals, providing our poor communities with running water, electricity and sanitation, rolling out our infrastructure programme and implementing our Industrial Policy Action Plan? Why does crime away from the matches remain so rife, including the horrific rapes and murders of young women and girls?
South Africa demonstrated in 2010 and now again in 2013 that it has the capacity and the will to achieve miracles. Let us now apply the same approach to the socioeconomic transformation of our country. We have plenty of plans on paper; now we need the political will to turn those plans into concrete action on the ground.
Let us also be inspired to unite as a nation to put an end to crime and corruption and the poverty and deprivation which breeds it.