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Zwelinzima Vavi’s Address at the Launch of Emma Mashinini’s Strikes Have Followed Me All My Life

Strikes Have Followed Me All My LifeLast week, Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi addressed a substantial crowd at the launch of Emma Mashinini’s autobiography, Strikes Have Followed Me All My Life, with a message daring the DA to march in opposition to labour brokers. Politicsweb invites you to read Vavi’s address in full:

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to speak at the launch of this very important book which captures the experiences of a worker, a trade unionist, a political activist, an African, a woman, wife and mother under the gruesome and brutal regime we know as apartheid.

I am very honoured to speak about a living giant of the trade union movement, a woman whose imprints have made their mark everywhere in the history of this country, the history of the progressive trade union movement in particular.

When one thinks of Comrade Emma Mashinini, the images of the radical and militant traditions that were clearly visible during the OK Bazaars strike of 1987 come to mind.

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