Malema calls for national strike

2012-09-11 12:35

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema called for a national strike at all mines on Tuesday until the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) leadership steps down.

"There must be a national strike at all the mines until Frans Baleni and the Num leadership step down with immediate effect," Malema told a packed stadium at the Gold Fields KDC West gold mine near Carletonville, where 15 000 workers are on strike.

"The problem is not Num. The problem is the leadership who take money from mlungu (whites)."

Malema said the R12 500 salary workers wanted "is a reality".

Baleni, Num's general secretary, read about their demands in newspapers.

"Comrades, you don't have leaders. You are leaderless. You are not alone. We are encouraged by what you are doing," Malema said.

Making mines ungovernable did not mean violence, "it means downing tools".

Malema said he and his companions had travelled to the mine to meet "the real revolutionaries".

"This is a serious revolution. Don't give up."

The mine obtained an interdict on Monday for workers to return to their posts after they suddenly went on an unprotected strike on Sunday.

Malema said people had been stealing gold from the workers.

"Now you want a piece of gold. You want R12 500."

He said workers should strike for five days a month "until they listen".

Malema has been touring mines and addressing disgruntled mineworkers.

He had 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 at Marikana 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.

Last week trade union Solidarity laid a charge of incitement against Malema.

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  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-11 12:43

    And there he goes back to his mansion while the 'no work no pay' is unfolding....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-11 12:48

      Yes in his spanking new Land Rover..

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-11 12:54

      Range Rover you mean the 1,2 mil ones that he now pays and he is not even working !

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-11 12:57

      Useless troublemaking dictators always do this. They incite the masses to violence and then sit back and drink champagne while the people fight their wars for them. MALEMA IS DISGUSTING!!!

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-11 13:02

      Ideology is cheap. Especially when somebody else must pay the price. In this case Malema is simply increasing his popularity stakes. The will be borne by the strikers when they don't get paid. They are simply pawns in Malema's power game.

      mukosit - 2012-09-11 13:02

      I give it thumb-up.

      Giyangethambo - 2012-09-11 13:03

      @missingman, the 1,2 mil range rover was a gift from a limpopo businessman, he is not paying for it. get you facts straight.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-11 13:04

      He continues with anarchy and the powers that be remain toothless!

      gerald.king.589 - 2012-09-11 13:12

      Forget lonmin boers. If he could score some mine, even that fat Zuma could learn a thing or 2 how you really play miners. Where was he by the way at that time??

  • customdesign - 2012-09-11 12:45

    Hope his fraud hearing comes up soon so he can rot in jail.

  • tebo.go.5 - 2012-09-11 12:46

    JUJU for President

  • - 2012-09-11 12:47

    Is time for whiteys do go undergroung and drill for themselves.I can't wait to c them wen they resurface.good luck and don't forget the helmets

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-11 12:53

      Naaaa we will just get robots to do it for us....we bright enough.

      warfairy - 2012-09-11 12:55 father has been working in mines for over 20years... He is white and so are many of his fellow miners.. Mind you he has a black boss... This has nothing to do with race but about a person fueling violence and feeding the masses with false information to achieve a personal agenda...

      boris.dietrol - 2012-09-11 12:59

      Ever heard of automation? You see, robotic mining equipment requires very little labour to run effectively, and apart from maintenance costs and so forth, they never strike! That is the future!

      nads.delange - 2012-09-11 13:05

      Yes Rali, because there are NO white miners, not a single one, there are no whites who ever go underground. You're delusional sir! I have friends who do that, who work longer hours than these whiney idiots. These miners have a job, they chose this job, they are earning a living. Do you know how many people would kill to have a job?? And yet these guys are throwing the job they have away. They are ungrateful barbarians, they do not deserve a job, they deserve to rot in jail.

  • nico.vivier - 2012-09-11 12:48

    Dream R12500 = 1190€ 1190€ x 15000 employees =17,850,000.00€ x 12 months =214,200,000.00€ (Excluding other benefits & payroll expenses) Reality R4000 = 380.58€ 380.58€ x 15000 employees =5,708,848.71€ x 12 months =68,506,184.58€ (Excluding other benefits & payroll expenses) 2010 production at Gold Fields min in 19532kg = 688971.02 oz R1731per f/oz = 164.7€ 778707.98 oz x 164.7€ =128,253,204,30€ I hope I’m wrong! ...if I’m right we can kiss the mining industry goodbye and say hello to R20 to a Dollar

      henry.kruger.520 - 2012-09-11 13:00

      Focus will be shifted to mechanisation for mining. Less employees. Takes care of the labour problem. If I need machine operator that is a complex machine that needs to be operated he will receive the required training, and he will be paid more as his skill levels are something unique and wanted. A Rock Drill operator drills holes into the rock at harsh conditions. What about Health and Safety of the guy. If we take him out of the face where drilling takes place his health and safety will be protected as the exposure of person to hazard has been eliminated. The wages at present are just about taking big chunks off operational expenditure making it more difficult to stay in business. Bring machines in then we see who works where? Short-sightedness is a bad trait.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-09-11 13:04

      They also don't want to pay tax. Welcome to the real world

  • elsbeth.verhoeven - 2012-09-11 12:48

    Ek kan nie glo dat 'n snotkop soos Malema die Suid-Afrikaanse Regering so gyselaar kan hou nie. Wow! Hy het dan meer "guts" as enige iemand anders as wat ek ken. Al is dit 'n "pyn" vir ons almal.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-11 12:56

      He knows exactly who in the anc stole what since 1994 no other reason

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-09-11 12:57

      Nee elsbeth hierdie moroon het nie "guts" nie, dit is "stupid" op sy beste

      spikes.joubert - 2012-09-11 12:59

      Watter Suid-Afrikaanse regering? Daar is bitter min bewys van regering vanuit die ANC geledere

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-09-11 12:48

    He should now be charged with economic sabotage..

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-11 12:49

    NUM is not helping the miners...that's the truth...They are now running a business (NUM) they forgot their mandate....Show me any NUM executive who is in touch with the workers and who doesn't have shares in big companies...they are sleeping with the devil

  • naas.prinsloo - 2012-09-11 12:50

    What an Idiot. really don't have anything more to say about this man. It's all been said before, and only his demise will show his followers how "leaderless" THEY were

  • wilson.x.nhlapho - 2012-09-11 12:50

    Ag this idiot is lookin for some attention, y this politicians hv to turn this whole saga to their advantage ay this s borin now

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-09-11 12:51

    Anyone with half a brain cell will see Malema's agenda. He gets kicked out of the ANC, his calls for nationalisation squashed. All of a sudden we see the rise of AMCU and the calls and response to "ungovernability".. Treason of the highest order!

  • henry.kruger.520 - 2012-09-11 12:51

    Isn't this incitement that Mr Malema is currently instigating? What about treason, bring country down, make ungovernable? That's taking on the sovereignty of the government at hand, who must ensure that treason and incitement charges are brought and that the man be convicted accordingly.

  • kuvha.tshilamatanda - 2012-09-11 12:51

    how about closing down all mines so that no one works,let the mines companies do it and see what is going to happen,i think that could work!

  • samantha.ungerer.1 - 2012-09-11 12:51

    Ma-Le-Ma, can u just start to think what you are learning the people that follow you, if you dont het what you want, throw a tantrum until you do, you are a sick person and i feel sorry for all that believe you are the saviour, you will never be Mr Mandela, you are not even worth his old socks. I hope that the people see trough you before you take them for what they have, as for me, I'm really hoping for something to happen to take you out of the limelight. I blame Zuma for giving you the chance to even have a voice.

  • mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-09-11 12:52

    they will be stupid to listen to him for so says a guy with corruption moola, mansion and a 4x4. they in turn,will be slapped with a No work No a few weeks, they will feel the hunger.

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-11 12:53

    Close all the mines people dont die is there are no gold , they die if they dont have food. Close the mines today !!

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-09-11 12:54

    Malema is nothing. The media is purposely giving him publicity. Can anyone explain...?

  • Shaun - 2012-09-11 12:55

    but malema,your salary comes from mlungus (whites).bit hypocritical arent we

  • julius.hond - 2012-09-11 13:00

    Julius wants to be mlungu!

  • jan.human - 2012-09-11 13:00

    Puppets on a string.....None the wiser.....So sad....Their wives and children suffer with no food and clothes while they do Malema's dirty work...

  • Michael - 2012-09-11 13:01

    I am happy with the statement that says, striking does not mean violence, these people can strike as long as they want, but they must also respect those who want to work and also deal with concequences of no work no pay.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-11 13:02

    This must be the end times as clearly he is the false prophet the bible was speaking about? Malema will only lead the people into poverty and despair.

      Makgala Ramatsa - 2012-09-11 20:01

      who is he afterall Juju?? how can he address public whereas he has been expelled from the ANC?? the way he do or he does it shows any individual who feels to stand in front of SOUTH AFRICAN ppl n destroy like he do can, hai maan Malema we heard enough about u....go back n leave those who are in charge to take over....gud ppl strike help us with nothing but put our country in debt n poverty...

  • Duncan Colter - 2012-09-11 13:03

    Of course he wants more strikes. Once this whole matter is resolved he will have no platform. Without striking miners Malema has nothing.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-09-11 13:03

    Just mechanise the mines like would happen in a civilised country. You only need a tiny fraction of the workforce

  • manqoba.sibiya.3 - 2012-09-11 13:12

    Juju is rite

  • Joao - 2012-09-11 13:30

    I have to agree with JM, there is something seriously wrong with this countries leadership when someone like him is left to address the work force, where are the true leaders. The mines have allot to answer for no doubt, but destroying them is not the solution. To use the plight of others to further your own ambitions is shameful.

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-09-11 13:39

    he really knows how to play the game. he jumps on every news-grabbing story and holds on with both claws. he knows how to rile up the uneducated masses to help him in achieving his own selfish goals. in this case - nationalisation of the mines.

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