We've asked before and we'll ask again: what is Zwelinzima Vavi's game plan? There had to have been some strategy behind granting an interview to a highbrow international publication like the Financial Times on the state of Cosatu, the alliance and the country.
Spoiler alert: he was not at all complimentary - in fact it sounds a lot like "I never loved you anyway" after a bad break-up. His statements are bound to infuriate his enemies even more and ratchet up the pressure ahead of a Cosatu central executive committee meeting in mid-November.
Zwelinzima Vavi has not yet received charges for his disciplinary hearing following his suspension as Cosatu general secretary in mid-August. He is in limbo as the investigations against him, the court challenge on his suspension and the process towards the Cosatu special congress all collide.
This week, the parties involved in the court action initiated by metalworkers union Numsa and others to challenge Vavi's suspension were still filling responding affidavits. Vavi is also a party to the court case against Cosatu's decision to place him on special leave.
An interview he granted to the London Financial Times was published this week, in which he...