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Malema arrives at Gold Fields

2012-09-11 11:55

Carletonville - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema arrived at the Gold Fields [JSE:GFI] KDC west mine, near Carletonville, to address striking workers on Tuesday.

Security hesitated for a moment on allowing Malema in, but a crowd went to the gate to usher him through.

His black 4x4 was surrounded by miners, who chanted and sang: "Those who have not seen him [Malema] will see him today."

Production at the gold mine came to a standstill on Monday, when almost 75% of the workforce of around 15 000 downed tools.

They marched to mine management offices and handed over a memorandum of demands which included:

  • the removal of the National Union of Mineworkers' (Num) branch leadership (which was also requested during a sudden strike last week);
  • the equalisation of salaries across job categories (an accord for this in principle had been signed);
  • the reinstatement of a number of previously suspended employees.

The workers also complained that their tax was too high and demanded a salary of R12 500, echoing the demand of striking workers at Lonmin's [JSE:LON] Marikana platinum mine, near Rustenburg.

"We are tired with our leaders," said protester Robert Jafta, who is a Num member. Jafta said he earned R4 000 a month.

The mine obtained an interdict from the Labour Court on Monday for the immediate return to work of its employees.

Malema has been touring mines and addressing disgruntled mineworkers.


He has already spoken at Lonmin, where workers have been on strike for a month with the rallying cry that their pay be raised to R12 500 a month.

Forty-four people have died in violence associated with that strike - 34 when police fired on protesters last month.

Malema also spoke at Aurora's Grootvlei mine, which is in the process of being liquidated.

The Ancyl and its parent body the ANC have been at loggerheads over the nationalisation of mines, which the league is lobbying for but the ANC has said is not feasible.

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Comments
  • Jacques - 2012-09-11 11:59

    What I just don't get is: with all the millions of jobless people out there, surely they could just fire the lot and replace them all? Get decent crowd control (water canons, rubber bullets, flashbangs etc) and control these hooligans so the decent people looking for jobs could get on with it?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-11 12:02

      Malema has arrived!!!! Quick, somebody give him a panga and some muti, and call the cops!!!

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-11 12:35

      Sad to see what some regard as saviours!

      adrian.strydom - 2012-09-11 12:40

      ...and for goodness sake hide your rabbits !

      sonk.goosen - 2012-09-11 12:51

      Jaques what you also do not get is that the unemployed ones will be exactly the same. No solution to the problem.

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-09-11 12:59

      @Jacques The problem is when the new employee come from work hs/she wont be protected from these people.

  • chanki.modise - 2012-09-11 12:00

    I wish I was there to support you comrades.You are the only solutions to this problems viva president

      barry.ahern.3 - 2012-09-11 12:07

      He he, "You are the only solutions to these problems". Now with a bit of education, you will realise, apart from your grammar, punctuation, and plurals, that they are indeed the cause of the problems in this country, not the solution. But hey, your thinking has helped u so well in the last 18 years, hasnt it?

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-09-11 12:13

      "I wish I was there"....well run along, no one is stopping you

      nico.vivier - 2012-09-11 12:13

      What the hell??

      norman.depluhm - 2012-09-11 12:19

      Chanki my bru, are you crazy or are you a paid crony? Fat-boy has been living the life in sandton cruising in his rangey, wearing his breitling and drinking his blue label the whole time (funny how he hates the white man but loves the toys we make...) he has been making these empty promises to you guys. Like the ANC incumbents, he does this purely to maintain his political buoyancy so he can redistribute our tax money wherever possible, into his own pocket. That is not propaganda, that is fact, he needs masses of disgruntled uneducated people to survive...

      Andre - 2012-09-11 12:35

      Have you really thought, if you can think at all, who is going to feed the miners and their families once the mines close down? Like most of your kind you, you too cannot foresee the consequences of your actions!

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-09-11 12:37

      actually barry, i doubt if uou can speak chanki's language. It stands to reason that english isnt his first language. Why is it that when a German or French person speaks rotten english it is more acceptable?

      barry.ahern.3 - 2012-09-11 12:42

      @Gerald - I concede that to be true, and a more than fair point. Judging his language was wrong and had nothing to do with the topic, my apologies.

      wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-09-11 12:42

      Which president. You don't even mention the name of the president so it seems you are confused as to who you want as president... Either Malema or President Jacob Zuma.

      chanki.modise - 2012-09-11 12:43

      @berry is the result of bantu education. Am better then you I can manage to write and speak 11 languages including this nonsense unlike you

      chanki.modise - 2012-09-11 12:45

      You all missing one thing this is south africa not europa we do as we please

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-09-11 13:03

      @ Chanki.modise i dont understand the fascination with Mr Malema, or thinking that he will provide solutions to our problems. i understand the legacy of apartheid and all but do you see it as reasonable to demand a salary of 12,5k? How much do u think an intern doctor earns? What solutions does Malema speak of...we hear him complain, then we hear speak about nationalization...but how is nationalisation a solution to our problems as black people, who do you think will buy our minerals once nationalised? have you heard of "oil for food" programme? Nationalise and you will get "one loaf of bread for one gold bar" from international communities when they hit us with sanctions. Life isnt fair, but whining and complaining does not fill an empty stomach

  • Shaun - 2012-09-11 12:00

    anyone seeing a similar situation to lonmin happening again?

      clive.wannenburg - 2012-09-11 12:36

      Malema and friends have said they will get what they have asked for or make it ungovernable, once again he goes and works up the crowd then disapears till all violence settles and plays the matta. he has more rights know than when he was ANCYL leader what a joke.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-11 13:00

      @deicide...I do...these folk like these dramas...maybe they think they will score big points with the ancestors if they die here. @dave.elmore.5....do you think it's cool, standing a chance of being in line of a firing squad?More people could die here as the tension builds.

  • barry.ahern.3 - 2012-09-11 12:02

    My tax is too high...? Firstly, if you earn R4000 like you say you do, then you are under the tax threshold and infact dont pay tax at all. Secondly, on R6000, your tax is so low its almost unnoticable. I also think my tax is too high, specially seeing as though i see absolutely nothing for the tax money your government take from me and provide to you. I want, i want, i want, i deman, i demand...bla bla bla. Fire the lot, plenty more where you came from. problem is you will have to recycle them cause in a few months, the next lot will down tools...its the SA way...apparently

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-09-11 12:05

    we are 100% behind you chief.

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-09-11 12:29

      Amandla!

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-11 12:30

      Significant @Ditty? - "Less than 200 people belonging to COSATU, YCL, MKVL, SACP, SANCO gathered at the ANC limpopo offices to protest against premier Cassel Mathale."

      elgh.elgh - 2012-09-11 12:32

      I'm sure you mean thief not chief!!

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-11 12:36

      Yes...the chief in your tribe is all-knowing isn't he? Eish!

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-09-11 12:06

    one man destroying the country and everyone is doing nothing about it, malema is fueling violence he should be arrested and as for 4000 to 12500 I don't know about that, that's a big jump which I don't think they will get. i see them losing even this 4000 if the mine closes.

      tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-11 12:32

      Absolutely Christina .... Does S.A not have a Sedition Act which would deal with him once and for all ?

  • macdonald.loabile - 2012-09-11 12:07

    Juju please take over we lack leaders in south africa.....zuma is a joke..........Viva juju viva....phambili.....

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-11 12:40

      What do you want to burn next? Ah darn...I meant what do you want to break first and then burn? Where do you idiots come from? Don't forget to bring your muti too.

  • stephanus.nicolaas - 2012-09-11 12:09

    Wow, R12500? That is almost as much as I get and I'm working as a engineer.

  • anje.duplessis.9 - 2012-09-11 12:09

    It's about time the media stopped giving Malema so much free press. Honestly.

  • Giyangethambo - 2012-09-11 12:10

    Malema is taking over, time to claim these minerals back to their rightful owners: the people.

      appietrader - 2012-09-11 12:26

      And... You are going to do what with it? Only knowledge & skills will bring it out of the ground and SELL it, both of which you morons don't have.

      anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-11 12:50

      So what is the minimum wage going to be to work at a future prospective fracking site in the karoo? R14k/month or R18k/month - how much then? You must tell the future investors this (Sasol and Shell) and get everyone on board before 1mg of gas comes out of there. Remember it's your resource and if you can't have it it must be burned and the fracking equipment must be damaged. That's how you guys think. "WE DEMAND...whistle whistle...WE DEMAND...whistle whistle..."

  • jan.human - 2012-09-11 12:10

    One man is bringing down a Country's economy and the government of the country is sitting back and doing nothing!!!!

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-09-11 12:16

    What did the minister say..."...we can contain the situation. It is of no threat to the SA Government or mining investors..."

  • TheMcAttack - 2012-09-11 12:17

    BLAAAHHH BLLAAAAHHH BLLLAAAAAHHH, WE DEMAND!!!!WHITE PEOPLE, APARTHEID, HELEN ZILLE ARE THE ONES TO BLAME, YADAAAAAHHHH YAAADDDAAAHHHHH *YYYAAWWWNNN*!!!!! Is anyone else sick and tired of this?? Sack them all if they dont want to work, im positive we can find some labour elsewhere. Im thinking Zim, Malawi, Zambia, Congo...etc. And those guys graft, let me tell you!

      chanki.modise - 2012-09-11 12:29

      I wish hellen zoo can go to this miners to address them. Maybe she will manage to gain some votes there

  • shaun.d.corrigan - 2012-09-11 12:17

    Ah well guess it is time to kill the golden goose!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-11 12:18

    This mine won't wait so long as Lonmin before starting to fire people. Next week people will start losing theire jobs, maybe Malema can employ them on his farm?

  • neil.harris.370177 - 2012-09-11 12:20

    Can one of these mine houses just grow a pair and relinquish one of these mines so that this ignorant idiots realise what it takes to run a succesful mining operation. If I was Lonmin or Goldfields, I would walk out during Malema's speach and announce "After much deliberation we are going to hand over this mine to your "leader" Malema, he will be responsible for your wages". Pack my equipment and leave. It will be very soon when another Aurora happens.... Sacrifice one mine people before you lose them all to these imbeciles...

  • Durbanite88 - 2012-09-11 12:20

    But really who cares abt the arrival of this scumbag at Goldfields..we are being denied day by day real-time and significant news by Journalists because they are obsessed with this person. How do we benefit out of this story? All media groups are just a shame for putting this youngster above national issues. Shame on you News 24.

      fanie.essgee - 2012-09-11 12:44

      I so agree with you, we make him something, as we report on him, every bloody day....... Should we stop, mark my words he will gos in he mist......

  • martin.jansen.5437 - 2012-09-11 12:23

    Malema is surely starting his pre-election campaign. Quite prematurely, but what the hell. He is Malema, the chosen one. It just shows you, the creature that shouts the loudest is bound to be the blessed one.

  • kuvha.tshilamatanda - 2012-09-11 12:25

    i wish if he was there with the bag full of money so that he could share it to this workers,that would be a better solution but if he is there to just talk and promise workers empty promise then he would be doing the very same thing done by the ANC,empty promises!

  • peter.l.morris.3 - 2012-09-11 12:26

    Close the mines and let all the workers go home. Lets see what happens then

  • peter.l.morris.3 - 2012-09-11 12:27

    Malema pay the people from your trust

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-09-11 12:28

    "Dear Comrades! Keep fighting! We will stay a liberation movement always! Cause I'll be damned if we're going to do the boring things like work and governing." - Malema

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-11 12:31

    It looks like Malema is ruling SA, why would they listen to Him? It is unbelievable really, He s got lot of ower from wher, i dont know

  • malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-09-11 12:34

    With any luck it will rain again.

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-11 12:35

    Did Malema bring another white rabbit? I hope not...

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-09-11 12:37

    Always the same rhetoric . We demand , we want. We will kill , we will destroy. All I have to say is go ahead destroy everything. Have fun but when our economy goes belly up don't blame the dreaded whites .

  • richard.zanner - 2012-09-11 12:37

    Malema really using this one. My taxes are also to high. Should I strike. Oops I forgot I am the employer so do not have that luxury. See what our Foreign Exchange deficit is going to do with all the mines not producing. Who is going to pick up that tab.

  • smalefane - 2012-09-11 12:38

    Journalist: Mr Malema, with all the investigations around you, would you contemplate committing suicide? Malema: Me, commit suicide? Never!!! I'd rather kill myself. LOL Malema is stabilizing our country. Somebody please lock him up.

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-09-11 12:41

    They are not happy with the high tax rate?.... Wait till they do get R12 500.00. Then the tax will be much higher. Idiots who don't know anything of our economy.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-09-11 12:42

    Why is this brainless, self appointed salvation of all man kind, well in this case the miners allowed to talk and incite people as far as he goes, has the ANC now seemingingly lost all controll over JuJu the brainless, come to think of it, they have actually never had control over much, other that lining their pockets, so i guess it is horses for courses...... What a pity..... The half wit could actually have been usefull, i do not know for What yet... But but but....

  • denton.estment - 2012-09-11 12:46

    Arest Malema. All he is doing is incitement to violence and damage. Fire the workers who dont want to work. Then Finally Mr "President" please give my wife and I a retrenchment package for working 50 years in this country pay taxes diligently to subsidise the demanding people so that I can move on and leave you to do the wonderful work youve done over the last 18 years.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-11 13:07

    Malema is so predicable...we knew the Little Fat Boy had to put in an appearance...he has to.....every time I see his arrogant face on TV....I just want to hit him....because his solution to this problem only worsens the issue every time he opens his mouth.

  • isaac.therose - 2012-09-11 13:10

    Dear MR Malema all the politicians that have shares on mine they must be Arrested they are parasite PlZ

  • khaya.blaai.1 - 2012-09-11 13:12

    It is so unfortunate that some of the comments I read here sound so racist that they actually miss the point. As a country we must learn to engage in discourse without hitting anyone below the belt. Let us propose solutions to the problems we are faced with. One challenge here is that the media keeps profiling Malema with a sole purpose of denting the image of the ANC and without reflecting the true situation oin the ground. What's your take on that?

  • andy4real - 2012-09-11 13:23

    This man has the making of a great leader. Unfortunately a prophet is not appreciated, and welcome in his land of birth, so say the bible.

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