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Malema a right-wing demagogue - union

2012-09-14 16:46

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is a "populist, lumpen and right-wing demagogue", the Communication Workers' Union said on Thursday.

"The CWU condemns the populist, lumpen and right-wing demagogue Julius Malema, who is also known as [a] tenderpreneur," said the union in a statement.

The union accused Malema of using the recent shooting of 34 mineworkers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana for his own political gain.

"It is not exactly known when this lumpen started to be involved in the mining sector," said the union.

"The loosely-structured Malema, who suffers from a never-ending verbal diarrhoea, has been scavenging, among others, on deceased workers to gain popularity."

The union accused Malema of using the deaths to engage in attacks against President Jacob Zuma, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

We don’t respond to fools - Shivambu

CWU's slamming of Malema comes on the heels of comments from the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu), criticising Malema and accusing him of "Nazi tactics".

Malema spokesperson Floyd Shivambu hit back against the unions and defended the expelled ANCYL president's stance.

"We don't respond to fools. We don't dignify fools," Shivambu said.

Shivambu accused unions critical of Malema of themselves being in factional battles, and serving the interests of Zuma.

"They're narrow, they have no politics. They're just a lackey of Jacob Zuma," Shivambu said.

Since the shooting of the 34 mineworkers a month ago, Malema has been a fixture in the Rustenburg area, speaking to disgruntled mineworkers.

This week, Malema called on mineworkers to go on a nation-wide strike to remove the leadership of the NUM.

Comments
  • Ditantane - 2012-09-14 16:57

    these unions are just a bunch of loosers, they are now losing menbers and know that they will soon loose their million rand salaries.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-14 16:59

    Eventually when the scum stuck to the bottom of my shoe after standing in a dog turd starts to puke at the sight of fatboy, someone in the ANCorruption may start to realise just what a scumbag they created.\r\nAnd for a change I am hearing some semblance of sense coming from a union, instead of their usual drivel.

  • ISO - 2012-09-14 17:02

    Malema & Floyd you are digging their own graves! Sal vir julle twee n bos onkruid stuur na julle begrafnis.

  • manu.dibango.96 - 2012-09-14 17:02

    I have a union and it has only 1 member ... me. I am united with myself. The benefits of my union are: - All membership fees are given and received by me - All salary negotiations are done by me for me - I alone decide whether the union goes on strike - My union is not in competition with any other unions - I decide when to disband and reform the union - Most importantly my union is free to associate with other unions. In fact I am meeting my lady friend who has a union of her own and for a few hours we shall be merging our unions. You too can form your own union, or unions.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-14 17:08

      LOL. I like this:-)

  • mlu.khan - 2012-09-14 17:03

    The problem with entertaining a populist but not offer alternative solutions, You make them seem heroic

  • mdu.godwana - 2012-09-14 17:03

    Surprising how quickly the unions find their voice when JZ is under scrutiny but were all mum after the shooting of miners. Funny indeed.

  • johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-09-14 17:11

    ''The CWU condemns the populist, lumpen and right-wing demagogue Julius Malema,'' Someone has been putting his english dictionary to good use...

  • Dlangalala Teddy Jabulane - 2012-09-14 17:53

    Mxm is this Onion still kicking!! They forget that they are political prostitutes... ;) Please, address the issues that are affecting workers rather than engaging in a public vart with Friends of the ANC Mampara League ... You really like messaging Juju whenever he evaporates. hai niyadika. NB! i don't subscribe Malema and his ilk.

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