South Africa is waiting with baited breath for Jacob Zuma or Thabo Mbeki to reign in these thugs from Cosatu and the ANCYL.
We should be very vigilant and not for one moment underestimate these ever increasing sounds of war drums.
Let us not forget how rapidly the xenophobic violence spread throughout the country and the government has shown very little interest in addressing these saber-rattling and outright calls for war.
Cosatu leaders who spearheaded protest marches against rising food, fuel and electricity prices have sent a clear message to the new ANC leadership that they will not be spared the workers' wrath if they do not implement "pro-poor" policies.
Although Cosatu's protest action this week in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mthatha and Queenstown was targeted at government and business, it also sounded a warning to the Jacob Zuma-led ANC that the trade union movement would want immediate changes on policy once the new ANC leadership takes over government next year.
This week Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi also took a swipe at the ANC leadership for not showing visible support for Cosatu's demands. "We don't see our leaders in times of need. We see them only when we have to vote," said Vavi, adding that he expected more from the ruling party.
Vavi's sentiments were shared by Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini. "ANC must be on the forefront when the masses are rising. We expect the ANC to sit down and talk to us. We expect the leadership we have campaigned for in Polokwane to sit down with us.
"This is why Cosatu worked so hard to ensure [that] the leadership of the ANC is strongly biased towards the workers." Zuma and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe recently reassured investors that there would be no major policy changes, especially on monetary and fiscal policy, including interest rates and the budget surplus.
Mantashe reportedly said there was no need to scrap government's policy on inflation targeting and that the budget surplus was not a curse.
In contrast Cosatu and the SACP have argued repeatedly that government policy on inflation targeting disproportionately hits the poor.
The country's largest trade union federation strongly criticised South Africa's budget surplus in the past, arguing that because of the country's significant developmental needs, government should spend more.