Help me help you, Julius Malema tells miners

2014-05-06 17:48

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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema wrapped up his election campaign ahead of tomorrow’s elections by addressing hundreds of miners and community members in Wonderkop, Marikana.

He pleaded with the large crowd outside the Wonderkop stadium to help him to help them.

“Make Marikana a talking point in Parliament,” he said.

He went into detail about how he would nationalise the mines if he was in power and how that would benefit the surrounding areas like Marikana.

“Imagine if this community got [a] 10% [stake] in that mine. That’s not a lot to ask. There would be no strike if the miners got dividends on top of their salaries. That is what nationalisation means. South Africa is the only country where people don’t benefit from the mines,” said Malema to great applause.

He also spoke about how miners were dependent on loan sharks and how this affected their monthly salaries.

“For the last two years you have not seen your salaries. Tomorrow you have to vote but you are worried that you can’t because omashonisa [loan sharks] have your ID. We are fighting the exploitation of the workers,” he said.

Malema called on the miners to do the right thing when they saw President Jacob Zuma on the ballot paper tomorrow.

“This is the time to teach them a lesson. They have always thought they are untouchable. Tomorrow they must know who is the boss. When you go to the voting station tomorrow, you will find Zuma there on the ballot paper. Address him and say, ‘Old man, you thought we would never meet, today we have met. You will know who is the boss. You killed our people on the mountain and you have never come to apologise’,” said Malema.

During his speech, the miners received another SMS from Lonmin requesting all category 4 to 9 employees to indicate “your intention to accept Lonmin’s settlement offer by close of business 8 May”.

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As the mining community goes to the polls tomorrow the wage talks, aimed at ending the three-month strike, have yet to yield results.

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