Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has vowed to speak out about the wrongs in society in the run-up to the ANC's elective conference in December.
“What I will not do is agree to be blackmailed and to keep quiet when things are going so wrong in society,” he said in Johannesburg on Monday.
Addressing Gauteng shopstewards, he said he could not stay silent as some seemed to expect.
“I will not keep quiet. Sorry, if you want me to keep quiet, go and find another person... while Rome is burning.”
He said the African National Congress' national conference in Mangaung in December offered two choices.
The first involved factions so intent on fighting for positions in the leadership battle that they neglected their constituents.
“The movement will be far too divided to fight for a better life for all,” Vavi said.
The second option was to deliver to the people.
“We must do everything we have promised our people.... deliver, deliver a better life, deliver, practice what you preach.
“Don't come to conferences and promise the masses the heaven and the earth, and do nothing thereafter. Go and unite the organisation.”
The Congress of SA Trade Unions holds its national congress in two weeks' time. - Sapa