Malema threatens mines

2012-08-30 18:05

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema on Thursday promised to lead a revolution which he said would make all mines in the country ungovernable.

"We are going to lead a mining revolution in this country... We will run these mines ungovernable until the boers come to the table," he told workers at the Aurora mine in Grootvlei, Springs.

"We want them to give you a minimum wage of R12 500. These people can afford R12 500. Mining in South Africa amounts to trillions of rands."

Malema said the fact the Aurora crisis had lasted four years showed there was no leadership in the country.

"Four years shows that there is not leadership. When they (politicians) arrive to represent you, they give them money and they forget you."

Aurora Empowerment Systems bought the mines, one in Springs, the other in Orkney, North West, when the previous owner, Pamodzi Gold, went into liquidation in 2009.

Since then, workers have not been paid and the mines have been stripped of assets. About  5000 people have been left jobless.

Workers told Malema how their hostel was demolished.

Aurora is owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa.

Malema said: "Every mine has a politician inside. They give them money every month, they call it shares. But it is (a) protection fee, to protect whites against the workers."

Blacks were worse off than during the apartheid years, he said.

"We are being killed by our own people. We are being oppressed by our own government."

Malema told the workers they should form a committee to speak to the lawyers and present their complaints to Aurora's liquidators.

Among those who attended Malema's meeting were workers fired from the nearby Gold One International, the prospective buyer of Aurora's mines. Gold One International confirmed it had fired 1 044 workers for embarking on an illegal strike.

"The workers were in an illegal strike and we asked them to come back and they refused... so we dismissed 1044 workers," spokesperson Grant Stuart said.

The workers wanted a minimum wage of R6 500.

Stuart said the company won an urgent court interdict which declared the strike illegal. Workers were fired and when the matter was appealed, the court upheld the previous decision, Stuart said.

In April, Gold One and Goliath Gold put up a R70m bid to buy Aurora's assets, with a view to build at least four new mines in the area.

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  • Alien42063 - 2012-08-30 18:13

    Obviously Julias has learned a new word..."Ungovernable"

      rbphiri - 2012-08-30 18:26

      Artificial intelligence is no match for malema's natural stupidity.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-30 18:29

      RP - he is getting the mine workers behind him. Stupid in the eyes of a normal society - extremely clever in the eyes of the majority of South Africans. We are getting closer to a huge burst of the infection in our country - and it is going to be ANC against ANC. But at the cost of WHAT??

      boris.dietrol - 2012-08-30 18:35

      @RPhiri ROFL!

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-08-30 18:53

      isn't this treason??

      liana.loots - 2012-08-30 19:03

      Andrew, this is high treason, I am perplexed that he is not arrested

      Vince.York - 2012-08-30 19:03

      If I recall correctly it was mantashe that first decided that it was perfectly fine to declare actions of ungovernability and subversion of fellow citizens within the western cape so that the anc can simply get what they want without due procedure, and rerort back to using the unions to cover up murder, and now since then a whole lot of these now treasonable terrorists are protected by an NOT impartial police force who quite candidly haven't a clue what to do or what is right or wrong. anc rewritten history and dunce OBE education kick in magnificently in line with the half bro's in zanu-pf hellhole's guidebook.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-30 19:19

      And NO consideration has been given to the effect on the international market. And the way Mantashe is coming to the foreground on a daily basis with his "wise" statements, I bet my money on who the next president is going to be. I don't think any of us has an idea of what is waiting for our country - Zim went quietly - not enough right thinking people left when the S%&t hit the fan. That is not the case in SA - we are going to have extremely bloodshed:-(

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-30 19:32 bad

      tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-30 19:57

      Q: If JuJu and Floyd were on a sinking ship, who would be saved? A: South Africa!

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-30 20:01

      Yes he has, but he has not forgotten to go speak to the poor by traveling there in his Mercedes that you and I cannot afford.

      Tom - 2012-08-30 20:11

      If Malema sits in the mine's offices the stink would be so bad the mines would be ungovernable.

      gordon.trevat - 2012-08-30 20:33

      Mines are automating wherever they can. Mass volume, low-wage is what provides for many families in SA. If the wages go up, it will only justify further automation and a reduction in jobs. IF the government had been investing in education, infrastructure, skills development this would not be so much of an issue. IF however they've stolen most of the money and plan on retiring in a nice remote country town, then SA has problems....

      colin.dovey - 2012-08-30 21:57

      Malema is preaching sedition (an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government)and should be dealt with very quickly - he is becoming very dangerous, and the ANC is too weak to deal with him.

      colin.dovey - 2012-08-30 22:49

      Zambian miners have killed a Chinese manager by pushing a mine trolley at him during a riot at a coal mine in the south of the country. A second Chinese was injured, as were several Zambians, during the riot on Saturday. The workers were on strike at the mine in protest against delays in implementing a new minimum wage. They were angry that their wages were lower than a new minimum of R2700 a month paid to shop workers. Interesting.......

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-30 18:13

    This threat is nothing short of terrorism!

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-08-30 18:54

      time for another treason trial!!

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-30 19:58

      It is time the idiot is charged with racism, enticing genocide and economic sabotage.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-30 18:14

    And thus lead the hordes of mine workers to poverty and hunger as they will not be receiving any income, driving the economy down and inflation up ALA zimbabwe

      michael.rampatla - 2012-08-30 18:24

      They were in poverty already

      liana.loots - 2012-08-30 19:09

      Zapadela,boy, are you dof! we as RSA DO mine our own minerals and lots and lots of money is available for transformation. EXCEPT your government is stealing it . Time to wake up and smell the roses.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-30 19:33

      Zabadela. How much transformation do you think 2 billion rand can achieve that your president wanted to spend on a Boeing 777?

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-08-31 01:51

      Zapadela, where do you think the money comes from to pay for the cake that the ANC eats behind closed doors OR Malema's fancy house in Sandton OR Zumaville....yes my brother, it comes from the mines/minerals. So the mines are contributing to the country AND the people, it is the ANC/Gov that is not distributing as they should.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-08-30 18:22

    The resource of the country must be shared amongst people who live in it, not the race race, ethical group or by politically affiliation. Tell them Juju Zuma's government is eating its own people. Champion of the poor

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-30 18:32

      It is already shared in terms of the billions given in taxes to the government. As far as profits go, are "the people" also prepared to share in investing the billions of dollars required to run a mine? or is it just the evil capitalist who must take all the risk?

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-08-30 18:33

      Agreed mate.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-08-30 18:53

      We the Government will invest in our own people and benefit 100% of Mineral resource funds. Money buys Technical skills (look at Dubai)which we will learn from however there are more than enough skills in RSA. You detractors are so engrossed in your Pessimistic delusion even the plain facts are diluted or completely passed over to ensure this farcical sometimes entertaining view of RSA.

      tobydt - 2012-08-30 19:07

      Steal from the poor, and then become champion of the poor. LOL, majority are so gullable.

      tobydt - 2012-08-30 19:17

      zapadela.tistarocha - So where are all these black owned mines my son? You do realise that you are leaving a void for the australian and european mining companies to fill right? Instead of blaming someone else, blame your own damn self.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-30 19:25

      Zapadela - the government is already investing in its own people. But seriously investing - ask ministers,ask the cousins, the uncles, the brothers, the sisters, the 2nd , 3rd - 4th wives. If you have not received anything, you are not a "own" people buddy and you will NEVER see an investment in you.

      gordon.trevat - 2012-08-30 20:11

      @michael You are quite correct. But once juju is in power, he will also become a zuma, if not more oppressive and more violent towards the poor. This has to happen, as the only methods he has to get into power will leave him as paranoid mugabe.

  • rbphiri - 2012-08-30 18:24

    God must love stupid people. He made SO many...Many of which are in the ANCYL

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-30 18:28

    Malema is right, there is no leadership in this country, hence the rise of demagogues such as himself. This is the kind of thing that leads to anarchy and revolutions regardless of whether one has the vote or note.

  • delish7564 - 2012-08-30 18:29

    So Malema makes the mines ungovernable, the company which is the prospective buyer was planning on building 4 new mines thus improving life for the unemployed. Is he that naive or just plain stupid that he doesn't see these mines will not be built if he carries out his threat. Here's another idea, how about he sells his Breitling watch and various Mercedes, and gives the proceeds to his sacked "brothers"? He says the "Whites" must share their wealth real or perceived so why doesn't he do the same!!

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-08-30 18:29

    Reminds me of one of me favorite tunes... ""We got to take the power back""

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-08-31 02:17

      And a tune it will stay if you don't change your thinking. This world is not for idiots. Was it "power" that created that PC/phone you are typing on, NO, it was EDUCATION. Is it "power" that feeds your face, NO, it is HARD WORK. Is it "power" that got us the vote, NO, it was DETERMINATION. "Power" is short term; education+hard work+determination is forever .

  • ian.harrison.52035 - 2012-08-30 18:30

    'Aurora is owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse and former President Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa.' And this Malema says they are Boers?????

      Klaus - 2012-08-30 18:51

      Dont sweat the details, details don't count, a good sound bite is what he needs, our south african journalists love him, he writes their head lines

      tobydt - 2012-08-30 19:11

      Mines in South Africa account for over 1 million jobs. And a fifth of our GDP. Making them ungovernable will hurt the majority far more than any foreign investor.

      garren.dare - 2012-08-30 19:14

      Spot on Klaus. I believe in press freedom but this over-fed boy can start a civil war and the press would be accomplices for their irresponsibility. He has no platform so why is his every idiotic utterance a headline?

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-30 18:31

    Did anyone mention that AURORA is owned by BLACKS??? WTF is he trying to blame white people for their crimes??? in case they forgot there are no white people with surnames like ZUMA and Mandela

  • BoyvandieSuburbs - 2012-08-30 18:32

    Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, and then beat you with experience.

  • Andre Claassen - 2012-08-30 18:33

    Having moved to the UK 2weeks ago, I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to leave SA. I don't care who batters me or says I ran away. Believe me, it is so much better sitting this side of the world making decisions for your children than being back home in SA. Malema is nothing more than a populist, clinging onto every bit of misery from his lofted perch to be heard. What a disgrace. Must be that xxs beret squeezing the brain!!

      rudie.stoltz - 2012-08-30 19:33

      England's time will come. Nothing will remain of her.

      frikdt - 2012-08-31 07:25

      Can't be the beret squeezing the brain as there is no brain to squeeze.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-30 18:33

    Malema is right, there is no leadership in this country, hence the rise of demagogues such as himself. This is the kind of thing that leads to anarchy and revolutions regardless of whether one has the vote or not.

  • Tony - 2012-08-30 18:38

    I didn't know there were so many branches on the stupid tree!

  • gerald.king.589 - 2012-08-30 18:40

    "until the boers come to the table." Baba, isnt you told us to shoot the boer, kill the boer? Well we did while you drank champagne in cape town. So you come give us increases... Talk about politicians standing for their word.

  • DougiCourt - 2012-08-30 18:40

    Desperation is a stinky cologne, Julius.

  • nduduzo2 - 2012-08-30 18:44

    Well...since I have a tertiary qualification can I please be paid R30 000 or more monthly. In general, when u think about all these thngs happening in SA, it makes u wonder where our country is headed. Yes people need a descent salary and safe working conditions but all this shouting will do little. We as citizens must act now to save our country

      tobydt - 2012-08-30 19:18

      Save South Africa, dont vote ANC.

  • cosy.conrad - 2012-08-30 18:46

    Either Malema is stupid, or most of his opponents are. Forced wages are do not make economic sense, neither do poverty wages nor no wages at all

  • elize.krause - 2012-08-30 18:48

    It appears as if I did not received the memo or e-mail stating that \ungovernable\ is the word of the month!

  • emilemyburgh - 2012-08-30 18:51

    Nothing has ever come of Juju's threats and scaremongering.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-30 19:21 wrong...something did come from his loud mouth... The anc kicked him out of the youth

  • liana.loots - 2012-08-30 18:58

    this is anarchy. how can he get away with it?

  • garren.dare - 2012-08-30 19:00

    Enemies of the state like motormouth should be deported or tried

  • luzuko.qongo - 2012-08-30 19:13

    The loose canon misfiring as usual! Malema, where r we going to get boers now you told us kill the boer remeber, stupid ass!!

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-08-30 19:13

    i like this brother he talks like a free african man...our people are suffering at the hands of those who benefited at the expense of our backside, he puts it as is, no can be no punk and lead our people, at least he is out there as a real man, he is not like some of our educated who think they are in a position of wealth and are only too happy to go along to get along with our oppressors/tormentors

      tobydt - 2012-08-30 19:19

      Julius stole millions from the poor people of Limpopo. Aurora is owned by a black dude. Will you forever blame someone else? Or will you one day, think abit, and realise this is your own doing.

      tobydt - 2012-08-30 19:52

      Majority of South Africans are highschool dropouts. Thats what you deserve to earn. Simple economics. Your own doing, not mine bosses, not my doing. Your own doing.

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-08-31 02:39

      Bongani & lincoln: Malema is a cheat, a thief and a liar. He is going to cause bloodshed in this country and then you will have nothing, your children will have nothing, your granny will have nothing....and Malema will sit next to Bob with his fancy watch and millions in his "family trust". He doesn't care for anyone but himself, all this noice he is making now, is for show, to get on the front page of the newspaper. We will see our own "African Spring" if this man is not ignored. I have one last word, has always set the boys apart from the men.

      leonard.blignaut - 2012-08-31 07:57

      Yes, you and your brother arer cut from the same cloth! Take a look up North and see your future... the bones have been thrown!

  • tobydt - 2012-08-30 19:15

    Strange, I have been saying that the ANC government is killing its own people... and that black people were better off under apartheid for years now... Why didnt it make the front pages?

  • theodore.t.craven - 2012-08-30 19:19

    Did malema sit and think who was responsible for aurora who was in charge? Why is this man not arrested for threatening the stabilityvof our country? Take action against him before it is too late. Hier kom moeilikheid.

  • garren.dare - 2012-08-30 19:21

    Please guys.We run the fat boy down , justifiably so. But then we do exactly what he does and turn it into a black /white issue which it is not. His rubbish offends most of us whatever our skin-tone

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-31 08:19

      I wish this was true but unfortunately it is not true of the gullible masses. The millions that believe white people get a card so they can get money out of a machine and that they will get houses, cars, bicycles etc if they vote cANCer.

  • mark.halbert - 2012-08-30 19:24

    Malema should be charged with SEDITION which my dictionary defines as : A concerted movement to overthrow an established government; a revolt, a rebellion, a mutiny. Now rare. LME. 3 Conduct or language inciting people to rebellion or a breach of public order; agitation against the constituted authority of a State. M16.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-08-30 19:24

    How is this different from the Boeremag?

  • tobydt - 2012-08-30 19:25

    Anyways, we should all be thanking Julius. He is single handedly tearing the ANC apart! And not just the ANC, but COSATU as well. This boy is doing us more favours than anything else. Thanks Julius, for ensuring the death of the ANC!

      eserfontein - 2012-08-30 19:28

      His a hero. and if he had a theme song, it would be that "Nyan-cat" track on youtube.

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-08-31 02:49

      Sinudeity, I do agree with you. But what will come after. Do you think the ANC will just say "thank you for having us" and step down? Somehow I don't think so. I fought for freedom, got educated and realized that the ANC completed their job and understand (and see) that they are incapable of running a country. Unfortunately the majority of voters have been allowed to become receivers of other's hard work. They will not accept a government that wants them to pick up tools and work to provide for their family if they now have to do nothing. So I ask again, what comes after the ANC?

  • mjwild - 2012-08-30 19:39

    Zapade dumbo, Dubai was build by South African engineers that left for better work conditions and a safer life. If you read a little you will find that people born in Dubai can not find work because the country hires experienced qualified workers.

  • Neal Sing - 2012-08-30 19:41

    if u talk about bringing those responsible to book as at Aurora mines then you have my full support.To make mine ungovernable is a stupid statement because our economy will deefinitely collapse.Everything depends on mining including Eskom.No coal means no power which means NO ECONOMY

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-08-30 19:47

    Treason of the highest order. This whole thing has given Malema his platform he so desired and his followers are lapping it up. However having said that, the "trillions of rands" coming from mining is laughable. I will bet Malema has no idea how much it costs to remove just one ton of mineral out of the ground. There is one moot point, I don't believe that the CEO of the mine deserves R600k a month as an income, but then again, that is probably is entire package which probably includes share options which are not converted to cash in his monthly paycheck. Either way, that is a shedload of money for one person.

  • Jason - 2012-08-30 19:54

    Blacks were worse off than during the apartheid years, he said. "We are being killed by our own people. We are being oppressed by our own government." Not even I can argue with that Juju.

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-31 08:25

      The only true and sensible thing he has ever said. Must have been a fluke short-circuit.

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-08-30 19:58

    Since when do Boers(farmers) run mines. This guy is really desperate to make himself relevant in the political scene.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-30 20:09 are quite right...the boers fortunately farm and supply our food(yours too Malema).....they don't have anything to do with mines.Why is Malema so against the very people that put the food he needs for that growing paunch...YOU WILL BE SORRY..if we had no farmers left.

  • ntsunyane.frederick - 2012-08-30 20:00

    malema insist on R12500 salary.He was getting R50000 as president of ANCYL for what?As politician doing nothing.miners are working hard.

      clayton.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-31 07:54

      Amen to that. How is it that he receives R 50 000.00 a month as ANCYL President anyway? What, did his hard work result in thousands of jobs or thousands or even hundreds of new houses? No it did not, all he achieved in his life is to create chaos were rehabilitation is suppose to take place. We are still a young democracy and need time to heal the wounds of the past...all he is doing is poking it with a stick...or a brick.

  • alan.rademaker - 2012-08-30 20:04

    I dont like the man but Malema has a huge following and commands the respect of the miners and the poor of South Africa, unlike Zuma and the ANC who are seeing their support base fragmenting. Like it or not, the reality is if one man can lead a revolution in SA, it is Julius Malema!!!

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-30 20:07

    Seriously something must be done, the way mines are being run and the money the workers get is totally out of order, What exactly is that minister of mineral and resorces doing? He cant even make sure that this people's living conditions are good. All this is Zuma's fault,l believe that if we were still under that old government, this people were going to be better off. People are working but they are suffering now.Something is wrong.

      tobydt - 2012-08-30 20:10

      Something is wrong. Its called, the ANC. Also known as, the architects of poverty.

      Notrax123 - 2012-08-30 20:21

      You are correct about decent pay. Greed is what makes the workers poor and the mines shut down. This is true for any business. Personal enrichment is what make the rich richer, and the poor poorer. Color plays no part in greed. In this country Chinese nationals can open factories and pay the workers next to nothing. These Chinese Nationals are exempt from the minimum wage rule.

  • neil.meyer.12 - 2012-08-30 20:10

    R 6500 is not that bad seeing as most of them would be unemployable if it was not for the mines. Does these Mineworkers think they are so highly qualified that they cannot be replaced? All South Africans (mine workers included) should be thankful for what job comes their way It is what happens when you have a government that promotes laziness.

  • SLVimbani - 2012-08-30 20:28

    Did he say country or COWNTRY?

  • KCorsar - 2012-08-30 20:54

    Malema is gathering the troops, people. Wake up this has nothing to do with their real plight, but another evil scheme to gain their support for a bruising ANC infight about to be unleashed in the coming months. Malema is using those in desperate circumstances to elevate his own political agenda, does he really care or understand what his comments mean globally for this country. Clearly not! This is 'politikeering' building on a scale unlike any other i. Beware he is making noises which can lead to extreme violence, if not stopped.

  • johandebeer - 2012-08-30 21:17

    Wait... Boers to come to the table at Aurora? Did I miss something? Do the Boers run Aurora? No? I wonder who does?

  • Michelle Hellyer - 2012-08-30 21:24

    i wish this person would rather educate himself first before spewing stuff out his mouth.he is just trying to get support out of others misery by promising stuff he cant deliver

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      tobydt - 2012-08-30 21:53

      President of Cellblock D in suncity.

  • reagan.titus.5 - 2012-08-30 21:50

    I have to admit that for a guy who has no formal political schooling he sure commands a lot of respect therefore machine gun and his puppets should watch out for julius he's got the poor people on his side and his making the right noise at the moment

      tobydt - 2012-08-30 21:56

      And burning the party he wishes to lead someday.

  • juannepierre - 2012-08-31 03:33

    Since when were miners the pillars of morality in our society?

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-31 06:44

    I cannot understand why the press keep following this twerp around, once there is no publicity he will shut his mouth. But what surprises me most is that Jacob Zuma is sitting back taking all the abuse hauled at him by Malema. What are you going to do about it. he sanctions strikes he sanctions marches, he gets his muckers to upset Cape Town and still Jacob Zuma does NOTHING. Are you scared of him?

  • mark.n.wade - 2012-08-31 06:53

    Aurora mines ... the anc run mine ... where corruption and nepotism closed the mine and retrenched the miners without pay ... oh yes ju ju ... let the anc take a few more mines and destroy them took ... you such an idiot ...

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-31 06:59

    Maybe he should learn another word - Treason, this is not Tunisia

  • leonard.blignaut - 2012-08-31 07:26

    Don't take Malema's threats litely! The majority like what he says, even if it's verbal diarea, They like it because they have the same intelec as him. He spurs on their desires, justifying their actions. He, like his peers, has found a scape goat to blame for all their woe's. They won't look at themselves for blame, everything is the Boer's fault. The racial hatred this man speus out must be nipped in the bud or Africa will see a repeat in its history; Mugabe, Idi Amin ...

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