'Malema can solve corruption at Aurora'

2012-08-30 11:47
Julius Malema (File, Sapa)

Julius Malema (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Ululation, whistles and jubilation marked expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema's arrival at the Aurora mine in Grootvlei, Springs, on Thursday.

Workers sang "Ngisebenzela izingane zami emgodini" (I'm working for my kids in the mine).

Malema arrived in a Mercedes-Benz Viano dressed in a white shirt, black pants and his trademark beret.

"We are happy that Malema is coming to address us because he is the man who can solve corruption in this place," said Wanina Siwaphi, one of the workers.

Siwaphi is one of the 1 200 workers who were forced to move into the nearby informal settlement of Painville after a mine hostel was demolished three months ago.

Workers at the mine told Malema how President Jacob Zuma promised to help them, but never honoured his words.

"Zuma was here... took payslips and promised to attend to our problems. He then disappeared and then brought his kids to run the mine," said one of the workers.

Aurora's directors include Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa Mandela.

"We were paid R500 and told that was 40% of our provident fund," one of the workers claimed.

Malema was expected to address the workers, left without wages for months after Aurora took over the liquidated Pamodzi Gold mines.

Aurora's directors have been accused of stripping the mine's assets and not paying workers their salaries. An inquiry into the matter is under way.

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