Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the notion that it is cold outside the African National Congress (ANC) is misplaced."It was‚ in fact‚ cold within the ANC‚" he said while addressing the Dispatch Dialogues at the Guild Theatre‚ East London‚ on Monday evening."Outside the ANC‚ it's very warm because I can speak so freely‚" he said.He also took a swipe at the current South African Communist Party leadership‚ saying the party died with Chris Hani in 1993."Anyone who thinks we have a communist party in South Africa is living in dreamland. What went wrong with the SACP? Patronage is what went wrong with the SACP‚" Vavi said.The years between 2012 and 2016 will go down in the history of the federation movement as the most tragic‚ he said."The tragedy happened when Cosatu was preparing for their 30th anniversary. The wheels fell off within the trade union in 2010."Vavi said the enemy of the unions and the ANC is something called s...

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