Malema cancels speech ‘for fear of being arrested’

2012-09-27 12:18

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema will no longer address Implats workers in Rustenburg, North West, for fear of being arrested, the Friends of the Youth League (FYL) said.

“It has come to our attention that members of the SA [Police Service] were instructed by a politician to arrest us, since the mine workers and event organisers were refused a permit to hold the meeting,” the FYL said in a short statement today.

Malema said yesterday that he would address the mine workers at Impala Platinum’s mine today to encourage them to demand higher salaries.

He made his declaration following his court appearance in Polokwane yesterday for money-laundering.

Last week, Malema was prevented from entering a stadium in Marikana filled with striking Lonmin mine workers.

Police said this was because he was not a worker involved in the labour dispute that the mineworkers had gathered to discuss.

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