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Malema joins strike fray

By Boitumelo Tshehle | Feb 29, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 87 ]

Cautions strikers they could lose the support of the community if they carried on fighting

EMBATTLED ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has told more than 7,000 dismissed Impala Platinum Mine workers not to allow white people to divide them.

Malema, who was accompanied by North West Premier and deputy secretary of the ANC Thandi Modise, told the striking miners at Freedom Park sports ground in Rustenburg that Impala was using apartheid tactics to divide its workers.

"These mines belong to us. They are on our land and if we do not benefit we must fight until we benefit. We will never side with white capitalist," Malema said.

Malema told them not to allow white people to use them, saying "you must know your rights and fight for what is rightfully yours".

"It's been a long time since white people took over our land. The mine must re-employ all of you, with benefits. You deserve it. We are not scared of them," he said.

He asked the miners not to fight and kill each other.

Since the beginning of the strike three people have been killed and shops looted.

Malema said he knew that workers could not be wrong, but fighting each other was not acceptable.

"We know the enemy, so fight the enemy and not the community."

He said they could lose the support of the community if they carried on fighting.

Malema said he was confident the employer (Impala Platinum) could afford the R9,000 demand.

He encouraged the workers to have faith in their union (National Union of Mineworkers.)

"It is your home and you cannot run away from the union," he said.

He told them to be militant and radical, but killing undermined their demands.

Modise promised the angry crowd that the ANC leadership would fight their case until they got what they wanted. She promised to return next week to give feedback.

"The ANC will never walk away from the workers. We want people to make demands in a reasonable manner. We are going to make sure there is stability in the province and here at Impala," Modise said.

Malema and Modise yesterday met with NUM and the mine management.

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.....close the mine, the capitalists are creating too many problems!!!

Better still, give the mine to "Umlomo Umkhulu" and let him pay the workers R18 000 pm. It's ridiculous that he only wants to pay them R9 000.

...Also, why is the Govt paying average Public Servants so badly when deployed cadres feast off Public Funds. In the next round of wage negotiations in the Public Service, nurses, teachers and police must receive packages of at least R40 000 for the hard work they do? Most of the Public Servants work on temporary contract but the Govt wants to ban labour brokers!!!! This Govt must stop insulting Public Servants by paying them slave wages!!! Why does UMLOMO UMKHULU not fight for this!!!!

Feb 29, 2012 9:47 | 0 replies

You are on the right track, now tackle the Aurora Debacle m'fana githi.

Feb 29, 2012 10:44 | 0 replies

"We know the enemy, so fight the enemy and not the community."
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nice one papa, moo o opilke kgomo lenaka.

Feb 29, 2012 10:56 | 0 replies

Malema aware of the fact that white minority still enjoying racism under labour.ANC prefer politics instead of facing reality and this give white freedom under apartheid.White minority still enjoying favouritism under laboour.

Feb 29, 2012 11:5 | 0 replies

This is the only way to sort that community(BO.....RE) out,make them "ffffffffffeeeeeeeel it"

Feb 29, 2012 11:11 | 0 replies


please live Malema alone idiots, he's our Pres


Feb 29, 2012 11:17 | 0 replies

Garang

h.ola mchana i hope the family and yourself are doing just fine,hehehee PROFFESIONALS driving opel corasa bakkies?AFTER many many years [5] they will own them etc.......SOWETAN .since wen H.OLA is a tasteless OR vulgar word.?.you ppl are just useless like COPE.

what comrade MALEMA is saying is what his been preaching all the time when we called for NATIONALISATION,if mines wer nationalised things like this wer not gonna happen etc

Feb 29, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies

Waar is daai ANC groot bloody koppe,u're only vital to them for ur Xs.

Feb 29, 2012 11:37 | 0 replies

Viva the President of ANCYL Viva, Amandlaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Feb 29, 2012 11:48 | 0 replies

This company must pay up. At two of their other mines in Zim, all artisans and related professionals are driving Opel Corsa bakkies which after five years become theirs. Plutinum is money....let the mine workers get payed.

Feb 29, 2012 10:42 | 0 replies

JuJu said "we will never side with white capitalist". Right, I understand that. So... he is saying "we will side with black capitalist", of which he is one, incidently. If he is really for the poor, he would have said "we will never side with capitalists", because I can assure you, the majority of whites under apartheid, lived the same way the majority of blacks live now. Some had a little public sector job, some had a little private sector job, some were poor, but most were NEVER EVER fatcats. I detest the exploitation of workers by big industries as much as most people do now, but capitalism has nothing to do with race. It is a power game anyone can very quickly get caught up in if you are one of the beneficiaries.

Feb 29, 2012 10:36 | 0 replies