Lonmin 'snubbed' Juju
EXPELLED ANCYL leader Julius Malema accused Lonmin's black economic empowerment partner in Marikana of telling its London office not to speak to him but to cooperate with the government.
Malema, who addressed the mineworkers released from jail at Marikana yesterday, told Sowetan that after his interaction with workers he contacted Lonmin in London and it refused to speak to him.
"We were going to help them end the strike. Their R12500 demand is possible, the mine owners earn more than enough," he said.
"But now Lonmin owners in London are being misled by the politically connected."
ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa is part of the BEE company at Lonmin.
Malema said he was accused of being an opportunist by leading the struggle of mineworkers but that Ramaphosa, who is a non-executive director of Lonmin, gets more than R50000 to attend a meeting.
"He is going to make more now when they try to resolve the crisis. They have to attend meetings until everything returns to normal."
Ramaphosa received about R800000 in the past financial year for his role as a non-executive director.
Asked about being investigated by the Hawks, Malema said he was aware that various government organs - the Hawks, police and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) - were all investigating him.
But none of the organs had ever interviewed him, except for the provisional report from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, which he recently received.
"I am not afraid of being arrested or being investigated. But none of these state organs has ever interviewed me, including the public protector. I have seen her (Madonsela) report and what she is saying, but she has never spoken to me."
When asked what the report says, Malema said he had signed a confidentiality form not to divulge details.
"I am not going to talk about it because if she fails ... she should not blame me for making her work difficult. I cannot deny that she gave me the report," he said.
He confirmed that he has, however, been in contact with Sars and that certain figures were disputed.
He added that he was almost about to settle them.
Malema reiterated: "No one has interviewed me, I am not scared of being arrested or being investigated.
"But we got information from Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's protector that I was going to be arrested."
"He apparently said it out of anger as he was leaving Marikana mine during the memorial service."
'I am not afraid of being arrested or probed'