Malema: We mean business

2012-09-12 14:28

Johannesburg - Firebrand politician Julius Malema on Wednesday made a fresh call for the nationalisation of strife-hit mines as strikes spread to the world's top platinum producer.

"We are calling for mining change in South Africa. We want the mines nationalised. We want the workers paid a living wage... and somebody has to listen," he told Radio Talk Radio 702.

"But maybe this call has been ridiculed... by the authorities and mining bosses," Malema said.

"Now we want to show them that we mean business. We are going to be engaging in very peaceful yet radical and militant action that will hit straight into the pockets of white monopoly capital."

Malema, who was convicted of hate speech and expelled from the ruling ANC party for ill discipline earlier this year, has used the miners' discontent to launch fresh attacks on President Jacob Zuma and his government.

Malema has toured mining sites to fire up support for broader strikes to demand a basic salary of R12 500 - a threefold increase on the industry average.

His actions have sent jitters across a sector that accounts for a fifth of South African gross domestic product and is a mainstay of Africa's leading economy.

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  • Jennifer - 2012-09-12 14:36

    Careful now... down with that sort of thing!

      heathway.master - 2012-09-12 15:28

      All the peace loving minority, it looks like the time has finally come for us to start our own remaking of SA .Our constitution promised us a fully democratic SA, racial free, where all are to be treated equally, and are to be given opportunity to develop to the limit of one’s capability. Democracy has been replaced by out of control rabid, panga armed, mobs. Black racism becomes stronger each month. Your skin colour determines which jobs you will be eligible for. Frenzied mobs burn, kill, destroy, and make their own rules as to what they are worth to society. We presently have a non Government which may as well move into exile. All entrepreneurs, businessmen, financiers, leaders of industry are defiled and relegated to the term of eternal oppressors. Now is possibly the time for the minority to take for ourselves, a small piece of SA which we can turn into a civilized, peaceful place, where our children can grow up in security, harmony and love of all. Forcefully take over the Western Cape and develop a mighty defence capability to keep the inevitable desperate, hungry, refugees from the remains of SA from infiltrating our paradise. Let the mobs have the mines, businesses, and industry up North. They will eventually destroy all of this in time, so why wait any longer. Stable functioning Government, Industry, Agriculture, Tourism and Entrepreneurship will build a new life for all. Our fathers trekked North, we now trek South.

  • thapelo.mafu - 2012-09-12 14:36

    Aluta continua

      Don.Tandy - 2012-09-12 14:45

      What are you struggling against - your conscience for supporting a cretin like fatboy?

      alan.jerrold - 2012-09-12 14:49

      Yep, the looting continues. Until there is nothing left. Then who you gonna call? Malema?

      jason.becker.969 - 2012-09-12 14:51

      \Continue to loot\ u mean

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-12 14:37

    Today Malema said he is going to fight to the death……. Works for me!

      Stephen - 2012-09-12 15:15

      He will be the first to run.

  • andres.dewet - 2012-09-12 14:37

    You me: We mean wholesale economic ruin of the country. Why should we believe you, you're a demagogue after self-interest. You're to politics, as what you claim "white capital" is to mines. Hypocrite!

  • andres.dewet - 2012-09-12 14:38

    You mean: We mean wholesale economic ruin of the country. Why should we believe you, you're a demagogue after self-interest. You're to politics, as what you claim "white capital" is to mines. Hypocrite!

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-12 14:39

    The only business Malema knows is to stir the brown stuff. He and his followers are the ones that will end up with egg over their faces. Especially when the striking workers stop earning an income.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-12 14:39

    dig your grave..jul's getting deeper by the minute

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-12 14:59

      Judging from the KFC boep in the pic - he must be pretty close to a Heart Attack by now.... Eish - better Nationalise Private Health Care in a hurry!

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-12 14:39

    Ayeye right now, Economic freedom fighters...this is going to be a nasty battle

  • charmaine.pieterse.37 - 2012-09-12 14:40

    I understand what Julius is trying to achieve here but does he understand that these poor people are not getting paid while on strike? Their families are starving while he sits and basks in his glory with a warm meal and a roof over his head and millions in the bank. Think of the people Julius not only of your successes.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-12 14:53

      What is he trying to achieve? Political Power! It's got NOTHING to do with the salaries or conditions of the miners!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-12 14:41

    By "business" I'm sure he does - whatever he can do to screw anyone to make more money for himself, and if it means having a bunch of idiots listen to his lies, so be it, he really does "mean business".

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-09-12 14:42

    Arrest this fool for treason asap to avoid more mayhem and bloodshed!

  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-09-12 14:42

    "very peaceful yet radical and militant action" Sounds like terrorism, isnt that illegal? C'mon South Africa, this idiot cannot be allowed to continue like this...

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-12 14:42

    On point as always

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-12 14:44

    And the spineless ANCorruption along with their equally ineffective police continue to let this idiot rule the roost, and continue on his quest to further cripple the country.

  • sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-09-12 14:44

    I am still waiting for the government to do something about this new Mugabe of South Africa. Want to buy my house ? After 38 yearsof living here I am off back to England - I see no choice really.

      Joubs1957 - 2012-09-12 15:13

      @ madoda You are absolutely right - black people will NEVER stop struggling!

  • andre.barendse.7 - 2012-09-12 14:46

    By definition Malema has declared war on South Africa.

  • buti.Bambo - 2012-09-12 14:46

    Aluta continua

  • mahomed.dawjee - 2012-09-12 14:47

    I'm with malema on this one.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-12 14:54


      lynette.venter.12 - 2012-09-12 15:06

      No response to the why... obviously... You dont have a clue do you?

  • punungwe - 2012-09-12 14:48

    I have a suggestion - can mine bosses not take a paycut to finance the demanded wages by shopfloor qorkers. It's only a suggestion.

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-12 14:54

      like it may help to finance 0.01% of the DEMANDED increases.....

      triffie.vorster - 2012-09-12 15:07

      Mine bosses are bosses because they know how to run a mine, and therefor deserve the salaries they get. Since when does illiterate and violent shopfloor qorkers warrant and deserve a salary like what they are claiming???

      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-09-12 15:11

      punungwe I won't even try to answer your question, but I do like that you are thinking in a positive way. Truly congratulations on your positive attitude.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-12 14:49

    Big Business for JuJu . . . Taking what does not belong to him ! Small Business in R.S.A. . .A big business a few weeks after JuJu took it !

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-09-12 14:50

    What an idiot. We will be having a peaceful yet militant action. Oxymoron .

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-12 14:55

      Cattle Tenderer - Ox Moron

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-09-12 15:00


      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-09-12 15:11

      yes, read that and I thought - jirrr boet, I must be dumb, because this just doesn't make sense.

  • morris.khunou - 2012-09-12 14:50

    peace,radicalism and militancy cannot be used in one sentence! hacking people with machets and pangas is a perfect example of what peace means in the dictionary of this baffoon>

  • moeketse - 2012-09-12 14:50

    NEXT - coup d'état, just watch

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-12 14:55

      or a Merc Coup...

      christiaan.vanvuuren.9 - 2012-09-12 15:05

      Exactly what i think too...

      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-09-12 15:07

      By whom? Surely you are not thinking of the overweight, TB, HIV ridden excuse for an army. Hells Bells, my local girls hockey team would take them apart in seconds. Sad but True.

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-09-12 14:50

    Where is the peace in militant stand-by. Surely the perception cannot be that of a peaceful nature... And Malema should consider starting his own party. That way he will achieve more by himself, because he is still preying on ANC exposure.

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-09-12 14:51

    Look at the markets while all this is happening. Rand loosing on every level

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-12 14:56

      oh well - there goes Petrol/food again..... Bit hard on the poorest of our people

  • gjfnicholson - 2012-09-12 14:53

    So when is malema gonna be taken out???

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-09-12 14:53

    nationalise the mines and they will be lucky if they get R12.50 per month because the economy will collapse. Or maybe the will earn 12 million per month, which will not be enough to buy a bread, just like it happened in zimbabwe.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-12 14:55

    It's time Julius is sent to prison with a well endowed boyfriend.

  • John - 2012-09-12 14:58

    maybe he could over throw HM and rescue the boks whilst he is at it.

  • jan.human - 2012-09-12 15:00

    Mr M..... Start with Woolworths..... Organise R12 500 pm for till operators...Easy one....Naaa you can't even nationalise your ass'ets....

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-09-12 15:00

    Look @ all the stupid sheep following him....

      FeebleGastro - 2012-09-12 15:04

      They're following a dumb little turd (looks a lot like one, doesn't he?). Says a LOT about them...

  • jc.smit - 2012-09-12 15:00

    He'll be the reason why South Africas economy collapses... No one will invest in a country where the leadership has no control and violent protests are the way negotations are done. I'm sorry to say the strikers will have to blame themselves when they have no work to go to because the mines closed down.

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-09-12 15:03

    I think everyone is missing the point. Malema is not the problem. We have NO Government, repeat NO GOVERNMENT which allows the like of JM to exploit the ignorant. Look to the cause, NOT the effect.

  • lanyardm - 2012-09-12 15:05

    Nationalization must just happen after all the years that the so called \White capitalists\ have been running the mines it seems like the majority of the people are not happy. I don’t care if Julius is an opportunist or not but we need to do things differently if we are to improve the wellbeing of the people. all you might not see this but we can’t wait until we deplete our natural resources before we nationalize the mines. We hardly hear of protests in the state owned mines of Botswana lets nationalize and if it does not work we can sell them back to the \White capitalists\

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-09-12 15:12

      Have a look at Aurora and what BEE does for mining

  • Michael - 2012-09-12 15:06

    Malema : we mean biscuits

  • Mbavhalelo - 2012-09-12 15:06

    Majority of white ppl knw dat President Julias is not a fool, but dey are 2 many on dis sites cos dey hv smart phones and internet access at every turn. They keep saying he is a fool cos he is getting 2 touch der greed, nationalize de mines n fire de zuma administration. Viva president J Malema Viva

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-09-12 15:13

      You cant even spell the name of your "leader" you fool

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-09-12 15:07

    The problem here is not Malema, the problem is the ANC leadership. There are leaders who seem to be always on the side of Malema. Any person who can't see that Malema is a danger to this country that person can't be a sober leader. The ANC must dismiss every leader who side with Malema. If Malema will call that directorship so be it. ANC please fire the Limpompo premier followed by Mathews and disband this disgraceful ANCYL. Your patience to these people and structures has got us to this far.

  • STEPHANIE.TEALE - 2012-09-12 15:08

    The Majority ...let them get on with it !! Seriously, they are eating each other !! Nothing to do but watch them devour each other!!

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-12 15:10

    We like it or not Juju run the country and ANC government scared of him. Juju expose the weakness of ANC. We don't have leaders only Juju is a leader of the country.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-09-12 15:14

      If thats the case then he must set up his own political party and stand for election. lets see how much support he really has

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-09-12 15:11

    Would the ANC leadership care to comment on the results of their investigation into nationalisation? Even they can see it would be a disaster. Quite why anybody could envisage nationalisation meaning more money is absurd in the extreme. It is a lose-lose scenario, will kill the industry and increase unemployment and poverty

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-09-12 15:12

    Other than Zuma showing a tiny bit of leadership and calling in the army (what are they doing anyway at the moment - sleeping in the barracks?) I think I'm running out of suggestions. Just do it NOW while there's still a chance. Someone please send Zuma a wake-up call- forget about waffling on about how fantastic service delivery has become and other trivia. Focus everything on this problem otherwise it's just going to get worse by the day - it's already on CNN.

  • Stephen - 2012-09-12 15:13

    I hope he has promised the miners that he will feed them,when they cant put food on the table.

  • mcarinhas - 2012-09-12 15:14

    @khomisani.abahsam a new beginning to what? you are a fool! Nationalizing the mining industry will not work. History has proven this before. Look at Angola for example, who is benefiting from the mining of diamonds, the people?? Dumb and dumber is what i say to all of you who believe in this guy’s crap!

  • Louis Fourie - 2012-09-12 15:14

    JuJu, ai were taken out of the bush, but the bush cant be taken out of you!! What a fool, when will the ANC shut him up, he is stuffing SA up!!!

  • ntatemonghadi.lesekele - 2012-09-12 15:16

    we can only hope that Malema will deal with this in a very mature manner. white people must stop calling the guy an idiot because he is trying to help black people progress. if you have a problem with that go home, sit down and re-evaluate your life. this is about everyone having bread on the table and clothes on their back.

  • rosemarie.slomp - 2012-09-12 15:19

    I believe that malema has offered to sell all his properties and expensive cars & clothes to support the poor miners who are not getting paid because the poor blighters believe a stupid fool who is just a big mouth and stupid to boot.He is using their vulnerability to make noise in the hope that unschooled people will believe him. Little do they kniow that he is using them for his own means and will then kick them in the teetrh !!!! wake up miners before you become cannon fodder and he runs away. Let him give you all his money and goods so that he can prove that he really feels sorry for you..........wanna bet he will never ever do that !!!!!

  • richard.howes.982 - 2012-09-12 15:28

    Well South Africa we could have been a great country we are realy so close, I for one can say this country has truely blessed me nd I'm greatefull for that and because of that I will not leave I will fight for this land becouse it is mine just as it is yours South Africans that share the imbrase of unity need to stand 2gether and make our voice heard right now because it is soon going 2 be to late let's show this OBOMANATION malema that he canot play the people of SA against each otha any more there's 2 words I get sick of hearing and that's blacks and whites .I do no longer want 2 be defined by skin colour we are South Africans and that's all that counts .I see a bleek future for this country if the people do not act now ,let's not wait 4 a Goverment that is incompitent let's get socail networking platform started here and see if we can make a diffrence with possitive resolve advertise our numbers 2 advertise our unity ?.Or just some way 2 show what the masses are against this tirant so that the ANC can feel safe from a election perspective to take action against malema and know the country is behind them in doing so .I realy don't want a civil war

  • Babalo Mpande - 2012-09-12 15:30

    Who is we coz wena u have no job and no political standing

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