April 15, 2015
JOHANNESBURG – The Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association on
Wednesday apologised for a death threat issued by its deputy leader in
Limpopo, Lulamile Jack, against Zwelinzima Vavi.
Addressing Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu) Limpopo shop stewards council this week, Jack told union leaders Vavi wanted to destroy Cosatu and had no right to say the late South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani would be upset about the current internal battles within the federation.
Jack said he previously served as Hani's bodyguard and then threatened to kill Vavi for betraying Cosatu.
Association leader Kebby Maphatsoe said jack's comments were out of order and irresponsible.
“If there is a need to take disciplinary action we will do so.”
VAVI RESPONDS TO DEATH THREAT
In a statement Vavi responded to the death threats saying:
“I have taken note of the death threats made by a certain Lulamile
Jack, reported to be Deputy Chairperson of Limpopo Umkhonto Wesizwe
Military Veterans Association. I am not shocked at all that such a
statement has been made. This is regrettably a reflection of the state
of affairs in our beloved country.
It is a political environment that prevails that allows the likes to spew that venom and death threats assured that nothing will ever happen to him.
Only yesterday, 14 April 2015, we woke up to the news that yet another trade unionist, Chris Nkosi, the Gauteng Satawu Regional Secretary, had been killed after he received death threats.
The house of Satawu President, June Dube, was petrol bombed in the early hours of 14 April 2015; he too has been receiving death threats. Last year Xolani Banisi an activist of Samwu and whistle blower from Bloemfontein was killed.
Numsa offices have been vandalized on many occasions since its special congress held in December 2013. Three Numsa stewards were killed in Isithebe also last year.
To date no single person has been brought to book for committing these crimes.
The death threats are part and parcel of a political agenda to achieve the goal of domesticating, blunting, hollow out and co-opt the organs of people power together with all institutions of our hard won democracy.
The people driving this agenda will stop at nothing including committing murder. Already a culture of impunity exists. I received a death threat in June 2010 and I reported the matter to the then police commissioner and Minister of Police.
I am still waiting this day for a response. Barely a week after I was re-elected in 2012, the Acting Head of Crime Intelligence Chris Ngcobo told me that there is a plot to poison and or assassinate me from Iran intelligence operating in South Africa.
I reported this to the Inspector General for Intelligence who is supposed to be an ombudsman. Nothing ever came out of that. In around May and August 2013, Sidumo Dlamini circulated a fake intelligence report making all manner of allegations to the fact that I am agent of American agenda to topple all governments led by liberation movements throughout the African continent.
Nothing came out of this complaint.
In August 2013 I laid a charge of extortion against a lady who
initially claimed she was raped by me. The evidence of extortion was
overwhelming. Today nothing ever happened.
Lulamile Jack won't be arrested and he will not face any consequences for issuing that threat precisely because of the political environment that exists. The culture of impunity has developed. Many whistle blowers have been killed in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Free State.