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Julius Malema is the darling of marchers

By Kingdom Mabuza and Canaan Mdletshe | Mar 08, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 104 ]

But Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini was not impressed

JULIUS Malema may be in trouble with the ANC, but the embattled ANC Youth League leader yesterday proved popular with striking workers.

The strikers almost caused a stampede as they scrambled to catch a glimpse of him when he joined the anti-labour-broking and e-toll march in Johannesburg.

Scores of workers behind him pushed forward to get closer to Malema. At one point he had to be whisked into a vehicle 'for his safety'.

Workers demanded that Cosatu leaders allow Malema to address them outside the Department of Labour offices in Braamfontein as well as outside Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office in central Johannesburg.

Some sections of the crowd chanted a song that suggested Malema, who has been expelled from the ANC, "is going nowhere". After union leaders relented, Malema did not disappoint. He called for a total war against labour brokers and the dismantling of tollgates.

But Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, who was leading a march in KwaZulu-Natal, was not impressed.

Without mentioning Malema by name, he told workers there that people who have problems with the ANC should not run to the trade union federation for support, because that would divide the two million-member ANC tripartite alliance partner.

He said it happened in Johannesburg, where an ANC member had used the union's march for his own politicking.

Malema told the marchers he did not want to speak for long as the protest was a Cosatu event - but marchers would hear none of it.

"We are here to support a Cosatu march and the general secretary will address all of us. I am not going to speak for long because this is a Cosatu event," he said.

A memorandum was delivered to the Department of Labour, and then the march descended to Mokonyane's office. After Mokonyane had accepted the memorandum, the workers interrupted her while addressing them, chanting "Juju! Juju! Juju!"

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hulas
Mosquer:I am glad that since January you have stopped pursuing terrorist agenda, now you are pushing social issues that affects all S Africans
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what terrorist agenda are you talking about?

Mar 08, 2012 9:16 | 0 replies

DJWinner
He probably paid those people to chant his name. Disparate situation calls form disparate measures.
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You're smoking your stinky socks....How can he affort to pay that crowd...!!! Don't be so cheap and predictable moro'n..

Mar 08, 2012 10:28 | 0 replies

Let us not let this very valuable intervention become bogged down in stupid party factions. That will just devalue the whole thing and the initiative will disintegrate. In my view it was most unfortunate (from a strictly strategic point of view and NOT because I align myself with or against anyone) that Vavi chose to "uninvite" the DA because of their very realistic objection to disruption of schooling in our badly fractured education. What was needed here was sheer numbers, and NOT party-political rhetoric.

Mar 08, 2012 10:35 | 0 replies

This country is too political concious, even a simple issue that affects all of us, degrenerates to a difference in political ideology rather than the interest of the people of the country. How sad? I am prepared to join a match that is apolitical and that does not serve narrow individual interest.

Mar 08, 2012 10:54 | 0 replies

@RobinH

I agree with you. For a few days there I thought the people are going beyond racial politics. And I am sure we are beneath the surface, but somehow it did not seem to be the right time. I think Vavi is very shrewd - he will pull the DA trump at a stronger time.

The ANC's time is nearly up. I have a lot of confidence that I will see a balanced and successful government in SA very soon. It is even possible that at the next general election a coalition can take it - 100% that is will happen with the election thereafter. The ANC have taken their eyes of the ball.


Cosatu is clearly fed up - and a lot of ANC support originates there (sorry for stating nothing new) - so if there is a change in mood in Cosatu I would get really worried. Now we have true democracy! Viva!

Mar 08, 2012 11:5 | 0 replies

Is there anyone who takes sdumo serious?

Mar 08, 2012 11:10 | 0 replies

FarCeSpotter: Exactly. I find it tragic that the one skill we in SA seem to be honing above all else is the art of cutting off our noses to spite our faces.

Mar 08, 2012 11:20 | 0 replies

Is Sdumo still the Pres of Cosatu, I dont know when last did i see him

Mar 08, 2012 11:43 | 0 replies

Tasto
Same Sdumo Dlamini who is in opposite corner to Vavi in Cosatu its a fact.What abt the G.ucci\Caducci communist who was agreeing with ppl to pay the e-Tolls but afta the march was congratulating and supportuive of the march typical politician or "whiskey was talking gister or then).Blade is master of double-speak forked-tongue r snakes !!

PS - When is G.ucci a vulgar word wena idiot moderator ?
I COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE-BLADE ACCUSES EVERYONE OF GREED BY HIMSELF. ANYWAY HE CANNOT HELP IT-SINCE HE IS A COMMUNIST ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF CAPITALISM MORE THAN SWORN CAPITALISTS. AS FOR SDUMO HE WISHES HE WAS IN JHB TO SHARE THE PLATFORM WITH MALEMA. FOR THE RECORD MALEMA DID NOT ASK TO SPEAK. HE WENT THERE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER INTERESTED AND AFFECTED PERSON. THE CROWD WANTED HIM TO SPEAK NOT THE OTHERWAY ROUND......ANYWAY WELL DONE COSATU FOR GIVING HIM THE PLATFORM. EVEN IF SDUMO HIMSELF WAS THERE HE WOULD NOT HAVE STOPPED IT...MAY IT IS TIME THAT HE VACATES THE COSATU PRESIDENCY!

Mar 08, 2012 11:56 | 0 replies

Khosi for Life!!

Mar 08, 2012 12:12 | 0 replies

Dear President Zuma,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing South Africa 's economy.

Instead of giving billions of rands to the government that will squander
the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following
plan.

You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.

Pay them R1 million each severance for early retirement with the
following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.

Ten million job openings - unemployment fixed

2) They MUST bu!y a new car.

Ten million cars ordered - Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either bu!y a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing
Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university - Crime rate
fixed

5) They MUST bu!y R100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week.....

And there's your money back in duty/tax etc

It can't get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back
their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know

Also...........

Let's put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.

This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.

They'd receive unlimited fre!e prescriptions, dental and medical
treatment, wheel chairs etc and they'd receive money instead of paying
it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped
instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed
and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and
snacks to their cell.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling,
pool and education.

Simple clothing, shoe!s, slippers, PJ's and legal aid would be fre!e, on
request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with
gardens.

Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards
would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get co!ld food, be left all alone and unsupervised.

Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay
R1,000.00+ per week and have no hope of ever getting out.

Think about this (more points of contention):

COWS

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad
cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in
Rivier-sonder-End almost three years ago, right to the stall where she
slept?

And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable
to locate 200,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country.

Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

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LASTLY

Think about this ... If you don't want to forward this for fear of
offending someone -- YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
It is time for us S.A. to speak up!

Mar 08, 2012 12:21 | 0 replies