Malema: Strike five days a month

2012-09-12 07:56

Johannesburg - Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema wants to see the country's miners strike five days every month, he said on Tuesday.

"(There) are strikes happening in different mines.

"They need to be coordinated and a national programme should be rolled out wherein every month for a week, (five) working days, there will be strikes demanding better salaries for the workers, demanding that the mineral resources of this country be nationalised," Malema said in an interview with CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour.

This would happen until the owners of the means of production were ready to sit down with "economic freedom fighters" and discuss a way forward.

Earlier on Tuesday, speaking to miners at Gold Fields' Driefontein mine outside Carletonville, Malema called on all workers there to strike.

"There must be a national strike at all the mines until (National Union of Mineworkers' secretary general) Frans Baleni and the union's leadership step down with immediate effect."

Gold Fields chairperson Dr Mamphela Ramphele told Amanpour the crisis in the mining industry would end when the government rose to its responsibility of being a good regulator, instead of being both a player and a regulator.

She said the government had too many "indirect shares" in the industry.

She criticised trade unions for not playing their part and allowing certain individuals to step in and take advantage of the situation.

Ramphele called on the private sector to lead and adopt a more "sustainable mode".

Lastly, she called on the country's citizens to hold the government to account.

"Citizens in South Africa must hold the government accountable for re-militarising the police. We can't have police shooting people because they are striking."

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  • ian.berrington.5 - 2012-09-12 08:06

    LOL !!! Lets all invest in South Africa and create jobs! PMSL!

      heathway.master - 2012-09-12 09:04

      To shed some light at the end of the tunnel. A recent commentator on a financial programme was asked the question of just who Malema stands for. The answer was nothing but himself and his selfish own political gains. The financial expert was asked if Malema's worker incitement was being taken very seriously in the financial world. His answer was that Malema was regarded as nothing more than a self serving rabble rouser, unrealistically raising workers expectations. He said that the mining had experienced similar worker militancy in the past, but with time, workable solutions had been negotiated. In the present situation however, the mining industry could expect protracted disturbances for some time to come. He said the workers would eventually have to sit down and negotiate, despite present impossible salary demands. A mine could only sustain economic viability with wage costs being kept at a set maximum limit. If the workers went above this limit, the only alternative would be to retrench and mechanise wherever possible, to reduce costs to sustainable levels. The short term gains the miners are now fighting for will soon come back to viciously bite them in their bums.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-09-12 08:09

    Great international advertising for international Tourism and international Investment as to why they should not spend their money in South Africa ...

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-09-12 08:10

    Can't we sneak him onto the next spaceship going to Mars?

      tebza.ngoatoana - 2012-09-12 08:19

      Ur a funny man...LOL

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-09-12 08:27

      he wont fit in there - needs a space-cargo-ship!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-09-12 08:28

      Imagine what this stinking pile of rubbish would do to the ozone layer on his way out.

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-09-12 08:45

      What have got against the Martians?

  • angel.mukhwantheli - 2012-09-12 08:12

    And y r de miners hvn violate strike. If they want to strike, strike but not hurt other people, people they're hurting they also have family too.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-09-12 08:12

    Reaaaally? Wow. There are so many people that are looking for jobs. Go ahead.

      nkosib1 - 2012-09-12 08:32

      Employing other people is not the solution, do you think the miners will sit back and watch?

      altusvanzyl - 2012-09-12 08:55

      Good point BUT, they will die of hunger before that.

  • marc.rule - 2012-09-12 08:13

    have some more KFC you dumb ass.

      Teuneman - 2012-09-12 08:22

      Now I want sprinkle pops!

  • demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-12 08:15

    Fin24 giving malema a platform to promote his policy of anarchy. Stop reporting anything this turd does. Stop taking photos and putting them in the press on tv. No reporting/tv/photos of him and he will slither away like the snake he is.

  • Caroline Mgidi - 2012-09-12 08:17

    u need to go home n focus on getting a job,thats all thank u

  • diseko.gopane - 2012-09-12 08:19

    The chairperson of Goldfields has lost it she is not speaking to the current crisis, she's just using the crisis to advance here onslaught on the government of the day. She knows it well that this crisis is as a result of the evil system of capitalism which she is an integral part of.

      shane.griffiths.94 - 2012-09-12 08:40

      Mr Gopane - capitalism is not perfect but without it there will be NO JOBS - do you understand that the most Capitalist society in the world today is China

      shane.griffiths.94 - 2012-09-12 08:44

      maybe you should check and see - the country with the highest state employed on earth is a country called GREECE - and we all know how well they are doing

  • Teuneman - 2012-09-12 08:19

    Al Malema, the organised idiosy mafia boss.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-09-12 08:20

    Ths guy is so dangerous, I am surprised that he has not topped himself. He is an accident waiting to happen.

  • gaff.harrison - 2012-09-12 08:21

    And who is going to feed these miners and their families when they are not being paid or when they get fired? This narcissistic fat fool JM does not care one iota for these peoples wellbeing! As long as his personal agendas are being satisfied then all is good! These poor (mostly) uneducated people are being misled and taken advantage of by a power hungry and greedy monster. We need leaders who lead for the best benefit of the people. Unfortunately there are none of these to be seen in the ANC or their ex-comrades! This is truly disgusting!

  • Lynne.Kermit - 2012-09-12 08:22

    Mr malema, u r a harbinger of hate and division and an example of the kind of person who exploits other people for personal gain. Please have the guts to stand up and divulge your aims and objectives openly and transparently and let the people decide on informed factual information, whether they think that u are the person to be leading them (in the majority) before dragging thousands through more pain and misery. Even hitler had a manifesto. Show us your cards and convince me. To date u have shown absolutely no respect for any other human, leopards don't change their spots. I will pray for your soul.

  • sekalf.nroc - 2012-09-12 08:24

    give them 5 days unpaid leave - this will open up 25% of new jobs for people who are 'very' willing to earn work!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-09-12 08:25

    lol who gives a crap what this child soldier thinks? his poor mind has been corrupted.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-12 08:26

    & there goes the economy of SA down the mine shaft Thanks JUJU

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-09-12 08:28

    Has Mr M ever worked in his life? Does he realise what damadge he is causing financially and socially? When will he realise that all this Marxists rhetoric is sooooo outdated. Communism does not work. Ask ANY country that has been through it. Even China, which is supposed to be communist, is far far from it.

      Goboza Mashaba - 2012-09-12 08:44

      who's talking about communism? aagh maan get your facts right pls b4 u embarass urself.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-09-12 08:34


      Goboza Mashaba - 2012-09-12 08:40

      Its only because he is telling the truth like it should be told and he's doing what shud've done in 1994! Thats easy neh?

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-12 08:48

      Goboza: You are an idiot. Here is a free lesson for you - for NOTHING, its a freebie. The MORE you DO NOT work, the less money the compnay or be that mine is making. Therefor the less money they have to PAY you and JUJU & everyone else, not to mention their creditors. All of wich will result in ... wait for it.... CLOSURE of said compnay / mine. And that will leave thousands .... WITHOUT WORK, resulting in... NO PAY. What will you sing-song about then? If there is NO MONEY - THERE IS NO FOOD - KAPISH!

  • komorison - 2012-09-12 08:34

    Does anyone know if JM, JZ et al read these comments? :-)

  • marilyn.edge.3 - 2012-09-12 08:34

    Bring back the old laws where it was illegal to strike.

  • Cjay Thango - 2012-09-12 08:36

    lol.....can someone shut this idiot up!!......he is jus displaying his utter ignorance at the global stage by goin to CNN en thinkin he is talking to Debrah Patter from 3rd Degree!!....He just chased away millions worth of FDI!!!!

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-09-12 09:07

      @Thango, those millions of FDI how did they help you and the man on the street? I say let those blotted investors shove them where it is warm.

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-12 08:36

    the resources of the country should benefit the citizens not the oppoturnist like europeans and americans.

      Ze Don - 2012-09-12 09:02

      You forgot to mention the other opportunists... Russia, India, China and Brazil.

  • peter.hall.3956 - 2012-09-12 08:36

    Easy, no work no pay! Metal prices will go up, mines can cut down on labour costs and the miners will suffer even more. Malema can win this one!!!!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-09-12 08:41

    And so we will kill the only export this country still has as all farming has already been killed. And soon we will stand in line with Zim and the rest of Africa asking handouts from the West who we hate so much coz they are white.

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2012-09-12 08:43

    This makes economic sense. Platinum is being overproduced; a shortened work month will compensate for that. Salaries will only have to be paid for three weeks which will reduce costs. There will not be a wage agreement at anything like the miners are demanding so they will be living on less. Somewhere we seem to have found a populist economist. Good one Juju.

  • Nathan - 2012-09-12 08:44

    Malema, you're a dork... don't you know that there is an oversupply of platinum right now.. so, guess what..? you can strike 5 days a month and the mines won't care.. in fact you're doing them a favour... im sure they could cut production in half and still have enough platinum stockpiles to last a year!... LOL.. go ahead, strike... they don't care

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-09-12 09:00

      So what is your problem?

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-12 08:48

    Thanks Dr. Ramphele at least someone can see the way forward and speak sense for a change - Malema is not an issue but the issue lies deeper than that, the lack of leadership from mines are hampering the peace effort, management are simply arrogant on this matter and of course the less said about Government the better, because there focus now is on Mangaung and if precise and decisive leadership was there Malema would not have a platform but now that he is exposing them and taking advantage, everyone sees one side but i can tell you this coin has both tail and head

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-09-12 08:50

    To think that this moron aspires to be the president of the country is very scary.

  • tshepiso.mooketsi.7 - 2012-09-12 08:50

    forward with R12500 Forward,marikana miners are true economic freedom fighters

      elgh.elgh - 2012-09-12 08:59

      Tshepiso, you right, they will be free soon, free to sit at home doing nothing, because the way I see it the mines will close if this nonsense does not stop very soon. You clowns have no idea what this is doing to our economy, O but then again you can't give a crap, you just want want and want without being prepared to pull your weight.

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-09-12 08:51

    This man needs taking care off ,in a permanent way.........

      Touchy More - 2012-09-12 08:58

      Apartheid tactics, this is a democratic country,get used to it.

  • Goboza Mashaba - 2012-09-12 08:52

    If only people can stop thinking inside the box south africa can be a better place. we need to stop people (so called investors) coming to our country to employ should be the other way round as you claim they have expertise. Many expert south africans are employed outside for their expertise but here its something else.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-09-12 08:52

    Let them strike 5 days a month in "illegal" strikes, they will very quickly lose their jobs and be replaced. Who then will feed them and all that? Malema?

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-12 09:07

      i can just see the striking miners then attacking those who get the jobs...

  • maria.kave.5 - 2012-09-12 08:53

    Nice one coming from somebody who has never worked - not working - don't think he knows what he's talking about though. Feel sorry for the poor Miners because at the end of the day, they are the ones who suffer. Check what's going on in LONMIN - I so wish and pray that their problems can be solved - but JUJU is not their man shame.

  • mandla.bambo - 2012-09-12 08:55

    thank you Juju for your advise, we will do that. We will survive on four days salary a month yet we failed to survive on a full month salary. Thank you once again for misleading our colleagues to refuse to enter into negotiations. Thank you so much 'cause soon we will be packing our backs and go back to limpopo where we left in search of greener pastures.

  • Hangwanie - 2012-09-12 08:55

    Malema has brains. It is not fair to say he got no brain. That is an insult to human being. The fact that he is doing what his is doing doesnt mean he doesnt have brains. He is right in his own mind.

  • neil.harris.370177 - 2012-09-12 08:56

    Where the hell are the trigger happy cops when this guy takes the podium? Can someone please put us out of our misery!!! Fin24 guys like you also create these monsters! here is a challenge dont right anything about this chop for a month? Please stop giving him air time!! the media creates martyrs, not the streets

      neil.harris.370177 - 2012-09-12 08:57

      sorry meant "write" not "right"

  • Innocent - 2012-09-12 08:58

    Where is minister of mineral and resources and labour to facilitate the salary hike negotiations, infighting.becouse are running away of real issue,that why Malema and others hijacking mining interest.

  • wouter.basson.5 - 2012-09-12 09:01

    Our own Einstein. I am so proud!!

  • cya.ngoma - 2012-09-12 09:01

    Let them strike and just deduct those days from their monthly salary maybe Malema will pay them that outstanding balance.

  • Touchy More - 2012-09-12 09:03

    Suzan Shabangu does not add value, what was her initial comment? can anyone tell us about anything that makes sense that she did during this period? is this not a reflection of leadership vacuum?

  • rock.jason.52 - 2012-09-12 09:08

    When the academician Mamphela Ramphela can see what most can't see its very easy to accused Malema, since they killing No government even put his nose at marikana and believe everything will be solve, am sure they are waiting another bloodshed to speak again? Malema may intimidate or agitate the masses but the bottom line is lonmin and his associates are not proposing anything else unless just saying go back to work that's no the way forward people have down tools for a reason what are u doing to assured them these demand will be meet? The government is responsible of this mess Malema and Mamphela are right!

  • buzzardfrey - 2012-09-12 09:10

    Malema should be seen in the context of an individual facing possible arrest for misdeeds in Limpopo and other provinces, tax improprieties and so forth.He could be trying to build a support base for himself to fall back upon, like his mentor Zuma, did. He could also be a victim of the "living wage" rhetoric the ANC uses during election campaigns.In this case, not only Malema will be a willing victim, but the majority of the mine workers and other low income earners who think there is truck loads of money hidden somewhere - which they deserve. Moeletsi Mbeki could be right about the future of this country so desperately depending on the education level of an average ANC member.

  • tladia.mamotebele - 2012-09-12 09:11

    Julius Sello Malema is RSA Jesus Christ! He is prepared to wipe off the tears of the working class, and native of the republic in general and moreover to move RSA from economic slavery to economic freedom. Some forget that RSA forms part of African continent! Unlike, East London which doesn’t form part of London in England. A common African dream is “The wealth of this continent should benefit its inhabitants”. And soon this will be realized through Sir Julius Malema’s efforts. Some feels like their glory days will come to an abstract end, some thinks they can afford life with/without his efforts, some consider him less learnt...but the fact is, He is Almighty MALEMA! Hate him as much as you can like those who hated Christ during His times, BUT at the end He rose above them all. Some think there will be economic smelt-down; forgetting in African context, the term “TRADE” it’s NOT in our agenda but we’ve the term ”SHARE”, whereby-should someone harvest more in this season, will share some with others! You cannot accumulate more/have surpluses, since we share in Africa! They took powers from our Kings; treating our cultures as barbaric and portraying uncivilized elements. Built prisons to capture Men and left women and kids abounded.... R 4500.00 is what Europeans with RSA ID’s are paying for their medical aid and they think it can be an African family man’s salary???!!!Hell no! Thumbs up with R 12 500.00 salary! Can’t wait to see the African Dream realized! Rise Juju Rise

      Ze Don - 2012-09-12 09:44

      According to zuma the anc will rule until Jesus comes. So what you're telling us is that the anc is going to free us all by removing themselves from power? Well at least that's good news for a change :-)

  • Cjay Thango - 2012-09-12 09:23

    @ manfred, i see like Malema, u r always small minded, you need to understand first wat is FDI, there is alot of it and its sad that you arent aware or r even clueless about it! 101 man!!.......

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