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Malema blames govt for Marikana

2012-08-26 12:08

Johannesburg - The South African government was responsible for the "massacre" at Marikana mine earlier this month, former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema wrote in an article for City Press on Sunday.

"The South African government is responsible for the massacre because it had the political power to stop it from happening," he said.

Since 2008, the youth league had been the only voice speaking in defence of mine workers' interests and aspirations, Malema said.

"How do you explain and justify the reality that rock-drill operators are paid as little as R4000 per month in the mines?" he asked.

"How do you explain that mine workers reside in the type of conditions the Marikana workers find themselves in?"

When the league had raised these issues, President Jacob Zuma had ignored their concerns,

Malema said Zuma had assured mine owners and investors "that the South African government will not change the conditions of workers and will not change any policy with regards to minerals management".

The massacre could have been avoided through mining regulation and the appointment of a more experienced police commissioner, Malema said.

Thirty-four protesting mine workers were killed at Lonmin's Marikana mine when police opened fire on the crowd.

Comments
  • Jacques - 2012-08-26 12:14

    Just a question: will we also have in 20 years from now such emotive 'remember the Marikana massacre' tv-shows? Doubt it. But I'm betting we'll still be hearing about Sharpville...

      willemdaniel.venter - 2012-08-26 13:32

      Sharpville, 1960, where 150 police officers, most of whom were already 24hrs on duty that day due to ongoing riots, were faced by a 7000 strong violent crowd who had completely surrounded the police station. Two months before, nine policemen were hacked to death at Cato Manor in similar circumstances. The whole morning attempts were made to disperse the crowd or to negotiate with the leaders. When the crowd surged forward and broke down the fence of the station, police opened fire, lasting 40 seconds. 69 Protesters were killed, including 10 under the age of 18 and 8 women. International condemnation, led by the British press, were immediate. In the UN, resolution 134 were adopted condemning "the large scale killing of unarmed and peaceful demonstrators" in the Union of South Africa.

      willemdaniel.venter - 2012-08-26 13:51

      20 years from now? I'm afraid you are right.. faded 'remember Shrapville' shows will still be shown.. But don't despair; in the parts of SA under Afrikaner rule, we will contemplate both events realistic and in context.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-08-27 12:25

      Shut up Malema!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-26 12:21

    Well he's correct in this one.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-26 12:23

    Me thinks Malema should first find a job and start working before presumptiuosly takes up the cause of workers. R4000 is the base, there after come the bonuses etc calculated on a monthly basis. I also notice he is mum on absenteeism.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-26 12:32

      He is also mum on the education of these guys....you see where i am going with this

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-26 12:23

    I thought that this guy was shot in the mouth months ago? What is he? A Zombie?

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-26 18:13

      No the just bloody thick skinned and thick at the same time !

  • john.mcguinness.9465 - 2012-08-26 12:23

    Julias you are wrong again. It was the pesky wabbit. You are the weakest link..goodbye

  • lekkeperd.chevyss - 2012-08-26 12:26

    Hope you are in the next batch Malema.

  • rink.hals.1 - 2012-08-26 12:26

    Is there really nobody else you can quote? As long as they actually have a valid, intelligent point to add. LAZY BIASED journalism. Malema's statements are things anyone on the street would say. Stop giving voice to an empty mind and interview somebody with a brain.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-26 12:42

      Rink, Someone with a brain? Where to be found in the ANC?.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-26 12:28

    So are you voting DA Julius?

  • Dylan Dillboy Allison - 2012-08-26 12:32

    Malema will keep bleating that the RDO's are paid 4 grand a month, if he has his facts in place as well as that medicine man had his facts in place then he would be able to argue the point home properly. So sadly he doesn't have the facts only snippets of info which he sensationalizes to any ragtag publication who believes his drivel is worth publishing. Julius, have you no conscience when your comrades raped and pillaged Aurora and have you gone to speak to those workers... Those who have not been paid never mind actually have gainful employment and earn around R10,000 a month like the actual earnings they earn at Lonmin, Impala etc...

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-08-26 12:38

    Wie gaan julle in ZUMA se plek sit Malema? ek dink julle is net so van julle koppe af soos hy.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-26 12:40

    Geez, he needs an excuse to wear his Armani suits, that's why he is there.

  • mart.botha - 2012-08-26 12:44

    If anyone influenced what happened at Marikana it is the Chinese puppets like Malema who must shoulder this blame. South Africa produces 80% of the world's platinum, a rare product, and the Chinese need it but want it at their price which means they will want to mine it with their own labour who are already moving into this country in their thousands. Malema's strings are being played and his job is to destabilise the industry, paving the way for foreign 'investment' from China to 're-float' the mining industry.

  • wimpie.prinsloo.75 - 2012-08-26 12:45

    Ag blah-blah ag blah-blah. alwys blah-blah oor alles en nog wat.

  • senzo.shangase - 2012-08-26 12:48

    Maleme do you still blame zuma for your corruption in limpompo govt. If zuma singled you out

      kim.buren - 2012-08-26 13:14

      Malema cannot answer you senzo. He cannot read

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-26 12:49

    Who put Zuma in power and supported him with intimidating crowds at his court appearances? Malema and his Youth League. Now Malema tries to shift the blame. We still need to hear from Malema whether he agrees with the notion that the muti-me would have had everything worked out and in working order had it not been for the killing of the rabbit. It is not a question of whether the strikers' belief in it is justified. We need to be informed what MALEMA'S personal view is. Does he subscribe to that belief system?

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-08-26 12:59

    Some will set the tone (Juju) and the rest shall follow (Juju's haters)-whether you like him or hate him you will comment on what he says, clearly you are his greatest followers

      juannepierre - 2012-08-26 13:38

      I support anyone who has the power to split the ANC. Yippie.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-26 13:06

    In 1994, mining formed 68% of our GDP. It is now just 20% and NOTHING has taken its place. So jump up and down all you want about this specific issue but think very hard where the jobs are going to come from in the future.

  • munodei.mpando - 2012-08-26 13:07

    Government is obviously to blame. The only honourable option for the Police minister is resignation.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-08-26 13:08

    Tell them juju, champion of the poor

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-26 13:12

      Oh he'll champion them alright, right back to the stone age and utter poverty! Juju is a dictator in the making and the people will cry big tears because of him one day. So sad...

      snagdee - 2012-08-26 13:14

      Juju talking . Ons nuwe Baas..

      joleen.leroux.73 - 2012-08-27 13:04

      Yea, that's because by robbing the poor, using the poor, pulling the wool over the poor, and generally abusing the poor, your Juju has accumulated so much money that he no longer belongs to the poort. In fact he is now part of the privileged rich, the extremely privileged rich so why do you allow yourself such a short minded viewpoint by thinking he is the champion of the poor. He is not, he will use the poor to accumulate more wealth, more power while doing nothing but opposing anything he feels will champion his ability to keep fooling you poor suckers into believing he is your saviour. Shame on you and shame on your poor judgement in the case of the greatest con artist SA has ever seen - Julius Malema, mufti-millionaire, user of the under-privileged, embarrassment for SA in every respect.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-26 13:09

    Malema is doing the great job now for speaking for this miners and their families, the small money they get and their living conditions is absolutely appalling, nobody is talking accept this boy, that things must change. l know that Malema is not perfect but what do you do, some people here on news24 are sickining, they dont care about this poor people, all they do is keep complaining and insulting , why dont you just leave??? This resources we have must take care of our people, not to be milked by British and American, and majority of whites South African support this! and you want the people to vote for DA to come to power! forget it unless you change your behaviour,

      joubert.joep - 2012-08-26 13:40

      Go to the nearest hospital and get a brain! If somebody do not put the money in the stuff will not come out of the ground by itself! That is why people are paid salaries and that is how we share welth - work for it or leave it! Malema is setting up his own political party to kill SA forever!

      Phiwe Mazula'yithole Ximba - 2012-08-26 13:48

      if he is care for the poor why did he bought 16 m house in Santon instead of giving them and where did he get the money from

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-08-26 14:42

      @Phiwe your argument is not only poor but also lame, if you ever ask about someone else's wealth then its best to ask every guy on the street whether they are criminals or made their money lawfully-bring up a proper argument not what you telling us now.You might as well Maponya, Burger, Smith, Naidoo, Mahomed and Laher where they got their money from or maybe you should take this time and try and figure out why you dont have money-so you saying everybody who owns a house in Sandton has to sell his/her houses and feed the poor just to prove they care about them?

  • tobydt - 2012-08-26 13:17

    Hehe, the irony here is that Julius is starting to take sides with the DA supporters. Pointing out the incompetence and corruption. But then again, Julius needs remining that when he was cozy in the ANC, he turned a blind eye to the incompetence and corruption. Now that he's on the outside...

  • juannepierre - 2012-08-26 13:36

    Finally a break. This might just rip the party in twain. Hopefully

  • mike.clery - 2012-08-26 13:37

    It couldn't possibly be the fault of a few thousand people who had already burned and hacked to death others who they considered in the way of them getting what they wanted, could it? It really couldn't have been their fault for preparing themselves for a mini-war with representatives of the state, and then launching the attack? No - must have been someone else's fault ......

  • mosesbongane.sibanda - 2012-08-26 13:38

    boltonbarry you are so scared of MALEMA the Future President ,I can see and you know what he will be the president and all rat people like you will go out of our land.

      kim.buren - 2012-08-26 13:44

      This is odd Moses. You flee from Zimbabwe, then SA and you call Bolton a rat. Who is kidding who here A$shole

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-26 13:48

      You know that old saying (of course you don't. That was a joke) About the rats leaving the ship first. I guess Mr. rat that you are way ahead of the pack as you have already left. NOW stop wasting your employers time and go was the dishes house boy.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-26 13:51

      And please please please. Dont steel his computer. I know that you are naturally pre-disposed to take what is not yours but just try OK big guy

      joubert.joep - 2012-08-26 13:53

      LOL Will you trust him with the dishes? He is a Malema baby they break everything!

      kim.buren - 2012-08-26 13:57

      Well, promise we one thing Moses. If you ever die, please can I have your brain? It's never been used

  • pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-08-26 13:47

    " .... How do you explain that mine workers reside in the type of conditions the Marikana workers find themselves in? .... " How do you explain these two ex-ANC youth leaders finding themelves in a posh 5-star hotel in London a week or two ago? How do you explain anything regarding these two idiots?

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-26 13:53

      it is self explanatory

  • johandebeer - 2012-08-26 13:54

    We should all boikot every issue of any publication that features Malema. That way we could force him out of the media. Lets spread this around and see if we can stop his influence by removing his voice.

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-08-26 13:54

    I thought it was the rabbit's fault

  • Lydon Hartman - 2012-08-26 14:02

    Shame an now the little rabbit,that was on th hill, also get the blame. But th sangoma gets rich ....

  • J.J. - 2012-08-26 14:04

    definately truth in his statement but just another example of the Media giving un justified publicity to "no-bodies".

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-26 14:18

    Hey, Malema you help Zuma into Government, you are also responsible.

  • mosesbongane.sibanda - 2012-08-26 14:26

    boltonbarry you don't know Me rate ,I was born in Kutsolo Eastern Cape my father is Xhosa but my mother is from Ndebele from Bulawayo .and my father Use to work in MINING INDUSTRY. I am here because of my education and my professional . you get it ? now where are you from Idiot ?

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-26 14:32

      it must be your professional dish washing skills cause you would hate to see you write a report

      kim.buren - 2012-08-26 14:34

      Shame, his DNA is still running down his mothers leg

      alex.marshall.944023 - 2012-08-26 17:12

      Wow, the 3 of you are all equally appalling. Disgusting racism and hatred from individuals claiming to be better than the other, all claiming to be educated, civilised and superior while you merely demonstrate your ignorant, classless and barbaric natures. You are exactly the same type of people, the type of people who educated and civilised people want absolutely nothing to do with, an unsightly blemish shaming society and humanity.

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-08-26 14:29

    Dear Malema; first and foremost have u worked at Marikana! The settlement there was started as a result of the mines so it is like Alexandra u can't control it. Those ppl are there to work not for residential purposes.\r\nGovernment didn't tell ppl to strile and look for 400% increase! Government didn't tell ppl to look for the Inyanga who can make ppl invincible. If u have the solution for these ppl why didn't u go there and be their mediator, are u a Union Rep. Actually u should have pointed ur blame to the Union which asked for an impossible increase. \r\nLike any company there are salary levels and ppl do agree on them and if u have a problem abt it don't change the rules just leave the job, that is standard procedure!\r\nLastly Malema, explain to us what Nationalisation will do to change ppl from striking, alleviating Poverty and making u a better person! Where has Nationalisation worked in the world? The Marikana incident is unfortunate and at the same time consists of elements in the mining sector, this time one New Union which did not carry the mandate of its people to the core and only wanted to be known! Now the Miners and even ppl who weren't on strike suffered and u want to find glory in their demise? Find ways to fight back ur battles with the ANC cos u know that Without the ANC u are nothing that is the reason u want to destroy it.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-26 14:31

    Is there nobody out there who can remove this maaifoedie permanently from society? This "person" is already chasing investors away from this country and to make matters worse this useless ANC does nothing about it.

      michael.rampatla - 2012-08-26 14:41

      Capitalists always cares about the investors while the majority are still living beyond poverty, what happens to social responsebility king report III

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-26 15:56

      are you taking out a hit on him..i dont wana get involved.

  • philip.buys.1 - 2012-08-26 14:40

    Your turn will come, when you entrails also litter a place that your promises did not work out. And somebody else laughts a blame you for the rot. Funny thing malema, if you live by the sword, you are surely gonna die guicker by it.......holding thumbs for you

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-08-26 14:42

    Malema will irritate a lot of people for a long time to come. He is still very immature and personally I dont think he will ever mature enough to contribute positively to this country.Being half educated is sometimes a dangerous thing. He can only communicate with other unfortunate people that also lacks education.Yes, and for that one I do blame the whiteys for not providing the oppertunities for the black population. So Malema attacks everything and everybody to create the impression that he is the learned saviour. He arrives in a big vehicle and a big entourage to create the impression that he is a poor black sole that fought his way to the top. Uneducated people are impressed with trappings of wealth shown by their own brethern.In Malemas case they dont question how he suddenly got this wealthy by only being the ex chief of ANCYL.By using fire talk and sometimes emulates the late ET, he creates the impression that he does represent the masses and knows what he is talking about.THAT IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE FACTS NOW GETS THROWN OUT OF THE DOOR AND PEOPLE NOW EXPECT THE SOLUTIONS TO COME FROM MALEMA.The sooner the leadership of this country rather concentrates on real people issues instead of trying to rewrite history,Malema will be the uneducated's hero.Who else must they look up to for help?

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-26 15:40

    wait until he buys shares from the same mine once we get you people get him elected to power and see if this sentiment will remain active.

  • gary.harding.94 - 2012-08-26 15:59

    I think Julius should re word who was responsible for the deaths at Marikana. I am sure that his only interest was to sow contempt for the government, lonmin and the saps. He worked the illegal strikers into a frenzy and probably old them to go and ge what you are entitled too......seems to be his favorite saying. Needless to say, he forgot to tell the miners that you should never take knives, spears, panga's to a gunfight.....with the exception of one individual, who clearly opened fire on the saps( well done al jazeera for capturing this on video). Although any loss of life is tragic in itself, the blame clearly rests on the shoulders of those individuals who have insited the miners to do, behave as they did. Cosatu are also correct In their statement that Julius Malema has never worked a day in his life.....maybe he should be sharing his wealth with those that are less privileged.

  • Bradley Froud - 2012-08-26 16:12

    Yawn Mal-Ema! Should you not also have some terminal illness where you were discharged from prison with your other rotten troll comrades who have thieved the country 's decent humans from hard worked mulla? Cell division will never work in that so called skull you carry on that neck-less vehicle!

  • johandebeer - 2012-08-26 18:13

    Stop Malema. Stop buying all publications that give him a platform.

      jonathan.huston.56 - 2012-08-26 19:36

      The comments coming from news24 readers on pretty much all articles are beyond dated... seriously… name calling shows your insecurities. Some board of directors just don't give a damn about workers (in all sectors) and that is an important point here. Not this freaking black white crap again. Whites would crap themselves if a bunch of white directors put them in such horrible conditions. And yes government should catch a wakeup.

  • molusi.pharasi - 2012-08-26 19:31

    malema is really an eye opener4 the youth of mzansi...fight JUJU

      jonathan.huston.56 - 2012-08-26 19:55

      Malema does "fight" yes. He is a strong voice for certain topics in society. Problem is that he is not helping the youth solve problems diplomatically. Guns and sticks didn't make the world it is today. Education and hard work with focused leaders inspiring the youth to do so will do so much more in this country than an instigating militant leader. Africa has proven it over and over again with dictators and militant behaviour that it does not hold the key to a prosperous future.

  • rosa.demelo - 2012-08-26 19:45

    Malema who ! ! !

  • rosa.demelo - 2012-08-26 19:47

    blame the rabbit idiot ! ! !

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-27 06:36

    They blame everyone but themselves. If they didn't murder those 10 people then the police wouldn't have gotten involved and nobody would have been shot.

  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-08-27 08:33

    It snowed recently because I agreed with Malema. First and only time, I promise. Mining must be the most appalling yet accepted form of exploitation I have ever seen. I visited a mining hostel a few years ago. It is fvcking DISGUSTING! If throwing foreign mining interests out of SA didn't cause more damage than keeping them, I would find every mining house, empty them of foreigners, stop the gushing outflow of SA gold to the world, and restore dignity to those who pull metal from the earth so that fat bitches can have gold on their fat pale fingers. In fact, no one is right. This whole thing stinks of common garden variety greed. Drill operators are considered skilled labour, other miners earn far less.

  • markus.botha - 2012-08-27 11:39

    malema is just pointing fingers. malema started rolling the ball when it come to reforming mining in south africa. Again! TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for YOUR ACTIONS malema.

  • TheMcAttack - 2012-08-27 12:00

    Malema should play inside centre for the Boks. He's good at going for gaps!

  • duane.low - 2012-08-31 03:46

    i would love to know who pays juju, and if he is up to date with his taxes? based on his earnings and wealth... how much tax has he paid? we all work hard for our money, and never will i afford what he has, yet i get paid for honest work.

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