Politicians are taking advantage of miners - Unionist
"Julius Malema, a wealthy, essentially right wing leader, who demagogically exploits any perceived weakness"
Many political leaders, including former ANCYL president Julius Malema, are using the shooting at Lonmin’s Marikana mine to destabilise Cosatu, the union federation said on Friday.
“Suddenly politicians, far removed from the reality workers face... are suddenly positioning themselves opportunistically as the champions of the rock drill operators,” Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters in Johannesburg.
“Their latest recruit is former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, a wealthy, essentially right wing leader, who demagogically exploits any perceived weakness to encourage workers to leave their union, their only means of defence.”
Vavi said Malema knew Cosatu had its own weaknesses, but it never hid them away.
He said a true revolutionary would not tell workers to form splinter unions and become “naked” without the trade federation.
Cosatu leader Sdumo Dlamini said the memorial service in Wonderkop on Thursday was an “engineered plan” by Malema to insult his “perceived opponents”.
“Julius must stop what he is doing, it is not helping him and it is not helping nobody...
"It will ferment divisions in society just because he is expelled from the ANC."
Dlamini also questioned the morals of political parties who tried to "cash-in" on the shooting.