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Malema to address Implats workers

2012-02-28 07:51

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema will address workers at Impala Platinum's mine near Rustenburg on Tuesday following a five-week illegal strike.

League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said Malema would speak to the workers at the Freedom Park Stadium about nationalisation of mines and better working conditions.

On Monday National Union of Mineworkers (Num) general secretary Frans Baleni said Implats was responsible for the strike. He said the union's central structures had not been informed that Implats was going to implement a salary adjustment for miners.

This retention bonus was apparently not given to rock drill operators, which led to them walking off the job, followed by thousands of other miners. Implats fired 17 200 workers after they refused to go back to their jobs.

Initially, Implats said the dismissed workers could reapply for their positions, but would lose any benefits they previously had. However, on Friday the union and Implats agreed workers could be reinstated with their previous benefits intact. They would not be paid for the days they did not work.

Workers had until 15:00 on Wednesday to return to Implats, or they would not be rehired. The company said it would take back only 15 000 workers, leaving 2 200 jobless.

Three people had been killed during the course of the strike.

Comments
  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-28 07:58

    Omg! Malema just saw the biggest opportunity ever! Is the ANC really gonna let this speech happen?

      Bardy - 2012-02-28 08:13

      He will get nothing right Spencer. This clown is only blowing hot air! He is a f$%cking joke to say the least. I don't think anyone will be taking him seriously anymore. He should take what pride he has left and step out of the public eye for good cause everyone is tired of him!

      Morama - 2012-02-28 08:16

      Malema would address this people in the presency of every south african!!! And as a matter of fact,this guy is not going anywhere because his "Utterances" are actually what big brass in ANC are looking forward to implement but because they haven't got balls...they send malema as their mouthpiece to test waters.He should have been fired long time ago but now ANC is quiet?

      Henri - 2012-02-28 08:26

      Julius Malema stated yesterday : "I want the people of South Africa to treat me the same way they treated Nelson Mandela". Evita Bezuidenhout immediately responded : "What a great idea. Let's start with the 27 years in jail . . .

      Ntfutfuko - 2012-02-28 08:26

      Implats has just given Malema ammunition!

      Cast53 - 2012-02-28 08:26

      He is going to stir up trouble and the voilence and bloodshed is going to start again, hope the ANC put a muzzle on him.

      Kobus - 2012-02-28 08:28

      Just want to throw some more fat on the fire!

      Henri - 2012-02-28 08:29

      So, Julius, we hear you are a bread winner in the Malema family! JM: You see, people like saying all these sorts of things about me and its fine. Anyone who claims that I'm a bread winner must come forward with evidence and prove to the people that indeed, I entered a bread competition. According to my knowledge, I have never entered any bread competition. Bring the evidence - I'm not afraid Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom - let your email find you!

      Ben - 2012-02-28 08:31

      Morama they are not scared of him, but if they punish him he would be the matyr. Now they ate leaving him to the Court and it is to happen soon.

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-28 08:34

      this moron will never go away... his new nickname should be herpes

      John - 2012-02-28 08:37

      Malema will put bread on the table Wait to see. This will be an Opera where NUMSA will play the Chorus of the Slaves from Nabucco. You may have no doubts who will play the King of Babylon, but the Highest Priest will be Vavi. This version of Nabucco will be best known as Mazibuko....and this will be the best aria of the new "freedom fighters"

      Bob - 2012-02-28 09:00

      I would doubt if the clown could even dress himself let alone address workers.

      mariuskowie - 2012-02-28 09:04

      H K G K

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 09:08

      This is a well orchestrated move by the ANC/YL, cause disharmony in the mining sector and then "as a saving grace we will nationalise the mines".. It is an old ploy by the ANC to render a section ungovernable so they can use that as an excuse to put it under their administration... and so the looting will begin and the fat will become obese..

      J-Man - 2012-02-28 09:10

      Can somebody please explain to me why this fool is still referred to as the "ANC Youth League leader" and why he is still out in the open doing speeches etc? Please?

      Ian - 2012-02-28 09:39

      This is called trying to put a fire out with petrol!!!!

      Thandi - 2012-02-28 10:11

      Seems to me like the ANCorruption are already censoring the media. Everytime I post a comment criticising their ineptitude and corrupt dealings, particularly if I use the term 'showerhead', the post just disappears, as this one will. But here goes again. I wonder when the ANCorruption are going to close the chapter on fatboy, or is it going to be a case of yet another two weeks for fatboy to ponder, another few weeks for the ANCorruption to consider, yet another few weeks for fatboy to extract digitus........and so it will go on ad-infinitum. Yawn

  • john.bainbridge2 - 2012-02-28 08:00

    Why the fat twat has never worked 1 second in his life. idiot...

      Morama - 2012-02-28 08:18

      Woking varies from one person to other....Julias is the commander and decision maker and then you do the physical work.

      Dave - 2012-02-28 08:22

      This is going to end well....

      willybegood - 2012-02-28 08:27

      Commander? Bwhahahahahahahhaaaaaaa

      Greg - 2012-02-28 08:28

      Morama - you are correct....Some are physical, Julius is mental.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 08:29

      @Morama... the only decision he can make is whether and how to cause more sh&t and how he can acquire more wealth without the media getting wind of it.

      Alan - 2012-02-28 09:04

      Have SARS and the Hawks not put him away yet??????

      David - 2012-02-28 09:17

      @Morama - Commander??? He is basically suspended just awaiting results of his appeal. He is still ranting on about nationalisation of mines, when the parent body are not committed to this? He is a naughty child who refuses to be disciplined - nowhere near being a commander!!

      colin.dovey - 2012-02-28 10:06

      The rumour mill has it that he is in for R400 million with the Hawks, SARS, and other tender irregularities. 27 years in the clink may not be that far out.....but how long will he ACTUALLY serve?

  • Karla Soares - 2012-02-28 08:02

    Surely the ANC cant allow this!? Why is Julius permitted to talk when and where he wants?!

      Abram - 2012-02-28 08:53

      we want stupid media to go there and report back to us what our president has said,ViVa malema ViVa,Lusifa will ran away

      Poloyatonki - 2012-02-28 08:55

      Malema is leading our struggle.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-02-28 09:04

      "Malema is leading our struggle"... into a brick wall

      Alan - 2012-02-28 09:05

      @Polo.. - with Julius on your side, it sure will be a struggle! Whaahaa shard

      Garth - 2012-02-28 09:05

      @Karla - Oh Yuck! You've attracted trolls.

      Manny - 2012-02-28 09:07

      The ANC are in full support of this idiot, as someone else reported, he is doing their dirty work for them, because they dont want to be seen as the 'baddies'. They have lost so much face already this nationalization would be the final nail in their coffin and in this country. So be prepared for higher prices and worse conditions to come in the future. It may be here sooner than we realize.

      Getafix - 2012-02-28 09:15

      Your struggle ended 18 years ago Polo. The only thing you interested in is putting apartheid back into place, only in reverse. Tell me Polo, What is this struggle you are on about? Do you want money? Because your leaders have pretty much billions. No white person i knows has that kind of money, You should concentrate on who actually has all the money ur so called struggle needs.

      Sean - 2012-02-28 09:26

      @Poloyatonki - What srtuggle ? Struggle against yourselves ?

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-02-28 09:33

      @Polyatonki - Struggle to what? More deception, poverty and bad living conditions? Wake up my friend, Mr Malema doesn't care about you or anyone other then himself and his cronies. You know they caught him with his hand in the cookie jar, right? Mr Malema is taking South Africa to the same cliff that Zimbabwe is going down. Do you want SA to turn into Zim? Hunger, poverty and heartache?

      Juan - 2012-02-28 10:01

      @poloyatonki it seems like you were born to struggle LOL

      Irene - 2012-02-28 10:47

      Poloyatonki ~ Are you a 'yoof'? If so then you should be in school, not working on a time. What has you fat hero got to do with any of this? Keep struggling pal.

      gaff.harrison - 2012-02-28 12:56

      @polo he is leading your struggle against reality!

  • Ben - 2012-02-28 08:02

    Could be very interesting.

  • Thoka - 2012-02-28 08:02

    my ears are closed.

  • John - 2012-02-28 08:05

    Eish...we will hear again dubul'ibhunu. Probably Dj Vavi A will do mixes with "Majorettes" also

  • Andrew Worrall - 2012-02-28 08:08

    And the clouds start to gather as a storm brews, leading to a hurricane that will cause devastation and destruction

  • Sharmay - 2012-02-28 08:09

    They have done the studies to show nationalisation won't work... now they want this fool to speak to thousands of disgruntled miners..Fatboy is going to do more damage then good.

      Manny - 2012-02-28 09:01

      These idiots do not believe in studies, until they have done their own due diligence and then . . .hawu, the white man she was right? If you tell a 'black' person that something will not work in a certain way, they must prove to themselves that it wont work, otherwise they will continue until it it broken and completely destroyed. Unfortunately they do not realize that they are affecting 45 million other peoples lives.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-02-28 08:09

    Why do they still let this little pig continue with his communist speeches?

      Theo - 2012-02-28 09:40

      He is like a big buzzy Brommer on sht' , there is Big sht' on the mine and the brommer could smell this sht' from Polokwane and could not stay away. He must come and stirr fresh sht' resulting in a bigger pile fresh smelly sht'

  • lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-28 08:11

    I read the headline and just said "Ohhh Fruck NO!" When you think things cannot get any worse, they call in Malema of ALL people. Now that is just pouring fuel on the fire!

  • WotzisName - 2012-02-28 08:12

    Here comes trouble! No doubt there will be more riots and violence and destruction of property, etc. If only there were any brains in the anc with the balls to stand up to this guy and his persistent embarrassment! Unfortunately julius knows there aren't, therefore his mad rantings continue unchecked!

      WotzisName - 2012-02-28 08:15

      Of course it will be the white mans fault again, the result of apartheid (that thing that happened way back in the dark ages that many South Africans still use as an excuse for their own inadequacies!)

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-28 09:21

      Shame Wotzisname..you clearly have no understanding of apartheid which ended 18 years ago and indeed the dark ages that lasted centuries. And yes it is the fault of people like you, white people like you.. It is because of people like you that Malema is listened to in the first place. I see you refer to SA as a f...d up place. Go to a country that is not f...d up and take your black counterpart Malema with you. So that both of you and people like you can stop f....ng up SA for those of us who love it.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-28 09:50

      well said nku...

      Heiku - 2012-02-28 14:38

      If everybody just left things that they dont like and dont try and improve it we would all still be running around naked throwing sh*t at each other.

  • Larry - 2012-02-28 08:13

    This guy should not be allowed anywhere near Rustenburg. There are enough problems there, without this clown stirring up the waters.

  • TBlogger - 2012-02-28 08:15

    oh sure, let Malema aggravate the workers even more.. Their jobs are already hanging by a thread, a few lies told by their best "comrade" and they go off on a rampage again!!

      Jacqui - 2012-02-28 10:36

      Abram's spelling is getting worse.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-28 08:16

    If the ANC had not procrastinated in finishing the final judgement on idiot Malema, he would not have this platform to cause more division and racial disharmony in this country. Well Mantashe see if he dont tell you off as well.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 08:33

      Never, in my entire life, have I heard of disciplinary enquiry that took the form of a trial and continued forever. No wonder they don't discipline all the youth league members who supposedly made joint decisions. Would take them 'until Jesus comes'.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-02-28 08:18

    poor people.

  • jen.bader - 2012-02-28 08:19

    When will Malema go away? I had hoped he would be quietly farming cows by now!

  • Morama - 2012-02-28 08:22

    He will addres them and they will support whaever comes out of his mouth!!! Most of the people are still stuck in the past and it's gonna take sometime to realise what ANC is actually standing for......LOOTING THE COUNTRY TO IT"S KNEES.

  • Wt - 2012-02-28 08:22

    These “ANC Tendencies.” Eish!

      danny.kangausaru - 2012-02-28 10:15

      ANC is our hope,home what ever this country is Mr man.

  • willybegood - 2012-02-28 08:25

    So dum@ss is going to talk to angry miners about taking back the mines from the white man ... this is going to end well ;) So an ILLEGAL strike is the fault of the employer... the reasoning is mind-boggling.

      danny.kangausaru - 2012-02-28 11:01

      will it be batter if we where taking from blacks chik?

  • thabo.mabaso - 2012-02-28 08:28

    he will tell the miners they would not have had any reason to strike if the mines were nationalised...lol

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 10:07

      Ah yes! But he will fail to mention that if they nationalise the mines that many of them wouldn't have jobs anymore!!

      danny.kangausaru - 2012-02-29 08:55

      you wouldn't have a mine either.

  • dplessis - 2012-02-28 08:31

    Bad call to get a person to work who does not know what it means to work like the mineworkers.

  • Santapola - 2012-02-28 08:31

    Ba thate Juju..Juju my president, juju my future....In that boy we have a future and will never dissapoint...go and sort the mess my president

      Marion - 2012-02-28 08:37

      @Santapola - voters get the leaders they deserve.

      Morama - 2012-02-28 09:04

      You might sound weird but a matter of fact is that julias would be the president of this country sooner than we thought because of those who votes irresponsibly!!!

  • Jadon - 2012-02-28 08:32

    I would love to know: 1)Who asked him to address these workers, or 2)Who instructed him to address them. 3)And in what capacity will he address them? Leader of the ANCYL?

      Phillip - 2012-02-28 09:07

      We the mine workers at Implats we invited him to adress us because Zuma,Shabangu failed us.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 09:35

      @Phillip - wasn't IT paying well enough that you had to become a mineworker?

      David - 2012-02-28 09:46

      @ Marion - Excellent - well picked up LOL

      SJ - 2012-02-28 11:42

      Good question as I see no reason for a disgraced yuf leader to speak to working(in this case striking) men, in any capacity.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-28 08:34

    WHAT FOR??? To stir more sh1t about nationalisation & how they wouldnt have lost their jobs if the ANC was in control of the mines? please someone put this idiot down

  • Bongani - 2012-02-28 08:35

    All of these people who are calling Malema names will be surprised; strike will be over after your Majesty’s address. Malema can be a fool, twat, fat and never worked, but he speaks the language that easily understood by majority. All of us who comment here are nothing in the bigger skim of things. Middle class is the most useless group of people. I tell you now you are sleeping waiting for somebody else to fight toll gates for you.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 08:52

      @Bongani - Even if the language is easily understood it doesn't mean the right words are coming out of 'your Majesty's' mouth. I do agree with you about the toll gates though.

      willybegood - 2012-02-28 12:52

      you forgot "dumb@ss" :D

      Heiku - 2012-02-28 14:41

      Oh now it's a class thing? Classy comment.

  • Buda - 2012-02-28 08:35

    Keep it up young lion, keep representing the poor, the unemployed and the youths. Just know that even Mandela had opposition that even threatened to kill him but he soldiered on. UNBAN THE YOUTH LEAGUE OF NELSON MANDELA. BRING BACK OUR PRESIDENT JULIUS SELLO MALEMA. IF YOU CONTINUE TO PREVENT US TO BE THE BEST, WE WILL PREPARE FOR THE WORST.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 08:54

      roflmfao... Who has banned the ANCYL ?

      J-Man - 2012-02-28 09:10

      STFU you uninformed idiot.

      Garth - 2012-02-28 09:11

      What does buda stand for? big ugly dumb a . . .

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-28 09:17

      @ Buda yes Mandela also had opposition but can I tell you what he didnt have? He didnt have tenders,bodyguards and trips to Mauritius all the while claiming to represent the poor.

      Kent - 2012-02-28 09:22

      Hi Buda. Got a life? Only asking because I have seen enough of your comments to know your are a major troll.

      Juan - 2012-02-28 10:08

      Ask the poor in Limpopo how much they have benefitted from Malema, they are sitting with a bankrupt province thanks in no small part to him

      De - 2012-02-28 11:31

      he has never worked in his live , but is building a house of 1,6 milljen EUR in JHB while those how vote on ANC and stay in poverty

      SJ - 2012-02-28 11:42

      You will be one of those that in time will be hated by the children of the future.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-28 08:35

    ive got it!! JULIAS "HERPES" MALEMA - as soon as you think hes gone... he comes back!

      Juan - 2012-02-28 10:09

      No it's actually JULIUS "SYPHILIS OF THE BRAIN" MALEMA

  • Phumi - 2012-02-28 08:35

    For sometime now we have been saying that those who are tasked to be the vangaurd of the working class and the poor have become sheep. The SACP and Cosatu have failed dismally to put the interests of the workers first but instead preoccupied themselves with internal battles of the ANC. We have said it before as the ANCYL that we are not afraid of opening up branches in every factory or mines to represent the genuine interests of the workers and unemployed for free. The time to be massaging the egos of the white monopoly capital and handling them with kids gloves must come to an end. They must realise that the buck stops here with us as economic freedom fighters for our people. We pray and hope that our leadership will assure the mine workers that we are with them in these trying times. We will also let them know that our very own leaders in the ANC have failed us also in persuing the economic liberation agenda for our people. We know they are wining and dining the capitalists behind closed doors and they have sold our struggle for thirty pieces of silver like Judas! Amandla!!

      mark.p.vrdoljak - 2012-02-28 08:41

      Lets get this right the white monopoly on capital is fast being REDISTRIBUTED into BEE thus a few are benefiting i.e. Julius... and not you and you never will, Julius is merely using you as the mass behind the action and reaping the rewards

      Jadon - 2012-02-28 08:43

      How will Communism help anybody, Phumi? Why will it be better for the workers than Capitalism? Will they earn more money, or what?

      StarStruck - 2012-02-28 08:55

      There is the fact that the price for Platinum and Gold have doubled over the past five years and when considering this I agree with you. The shareholders and investors have been smiling all the way to the bank. They only care about growth profit and this is ruthless and corporate greed. There is just one thing you fail to understand here. These investors and shareholders are not living in South Africa. They extract the funds to countries like America and Europe and do not give a damn about our people. This investor and shareholder greed could have been stopped by the government but they failed us, how can we trust a government that cares less for the people than some people do for dogs. I will at least put my dog down when it is suffering but the government will give you a cookie and send you to home. Mark my words when the mining environment changes to the likes of nationalisation they will take their skills and tools back to America and Europe where their profits are far less and our people would have to find their own ways of getting the resources out. Blacks and whites in SA face the same problem. We are all scared sh@tless about where the money will come from to feed our families with the added fear of being robbed and killed for your possessions. The cost of living is unbelievably inflated and everyone is scared.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 08:59

      If COSATU has failed dismally to put the interest of the workers first then why do we have so many strikes in SA where workers rights are being fought for?

      Theo - 2012-02-28 10:26

      Phumi, I have read most of your comments and I can honestly say... What a load of rubbish. I am an investor, but nothing was given to me. Through hard work and making the right decisions I have found my feet. I paid my own University fees, I have created jobs regardless of colour and the best part is, I come from a poor background. Your unions unfortunately do not do anything for free. The biggest incentive in the broader African culture... is wealth. Anyone who looks at the state of Africa can see that. People die, while leaders fly. Communism has never worked. It never will because of a thing called GREED and an educated boy like yourself surely understands that. You keep referring to the bible and God, yet the things you say contradict your "belief". So Phumi, let me ask you a question... Did you know that God is AGAINST communism? I am afraid the only people here who are selling your "struggle" are you. Unfortunately my friend, you and many others are WILLINGLY Ignorant. You were never part of the struggle. The members of the ANCYL were never part of the struggle. So how to talk of things which you do not know? I am sorry, if you choose to make babies at 15 years of age and you make the choice not to do well at school then its is YOUR OWN FAULT for not succeeding. I worked bloody hard. Why don't your youth do the same? Instead of just wanting to take, try working for it... you will appreciate success more.

      willybegood - 2012-02-28 13:01

      do us all a favour, start your own party. Then we will see if you have a mandate from the "people" or whether you are just leaching off the ANC brand and struggle credentials. AMANDLA!

      Heiku - 2012-02-28 14:45

      Hahahahaha God hates communists now? Will God ever stop hating? Haters gon hate?

      Theo - 2012-02-28 16:46

      @Heiku, I never said hate did I? His words says money is the root of all evil. The fact is, humans are greedy, a fact proven every time you do not give someone money when they ask for it. It is because of greed that communism never works.Do your homework.

      Heiku - 2012-02-28 21:59

      It's a matter of opinion Theo. If it was as straight forward as you are saying then several wars would not have been fought and millions of lives would have been spared. Using God to support your political agenda is shocking.

      Theo - 2012-02-29 20:05

      @Heiku - I do not mind when someone has an opinion, but at the very least they should get their facts right. History teaches us that most wars were fought because of one person or nation's greed. Nations and banks often fund the "enemy" they wage war against. The more in debt you are to someone, the more they have a say in how you run your life and in this case a country. The problem with communist leaders are that they portray the "For The People" image, when in reality they actually benefit from it the most. When a government takes full control of its private sector, it literally controls the people. It becomes like any other business, the top live in luxury and the people work like slaves for the government who controls all. I can assure you, I have no political agenda... I want to enjoy living in the country I was born in just like you. The only shocking thing here is that you read something which I didn't write.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-02-28 08:38

    Petrol on the fire ... the police and security forces of this country has a duty to bar him from that mine!!

      danny.kangausaru - 2012-02-28 10:48

      How can they bar the president?

      Bob - 2012-02-28 12:19

      President of what ? a bunch of unruly law breaking youths, give me a break please.

  • Marion - 2012-02-28 08:39

    Didn't he say once that they will nationalize the mines (51% ownership) and the capitalists must just bring their equipment to the party (other 49%)? If they nationalize I hope the mining companies simply cut their losses and get the hell out of South Africa.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 09:02

      What, @thumbs down, wouldn't you do that if your money was tied up in something that is doomed to failure? Or will you just keep on pouring good money to prop up bad investment in a country with a very shaky future?

      Heiku - 2012-02-28 14:48

      Marion if they cut their losses and move away they might be teaching some very ignorant fatcats a lesson but I'm afraid that is not worth the millions of rands of tax revenue we will be losing in the process. Especially when you consider the arrogance of these fatcats, I don't think they can be changed, only killed.

  • Mart - 2012-02-28 08:40

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. ~Winston Churchill

      Heiku - 2012-02-28 14:50

      Well yes in a British context that is true but cultures do differ and I don't think anybody can truly understand somebody elses culture.

  • Stan - 2012-02-28 08:43

    I read the headline as "Malema to undress Implats workers"

  • Victor - 2012-02-28 08:49

    I thought he had been suspended ??????????

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-02-28 08:54

    Nationalize Aurora first others will follow.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-28 08:54

    Malema shouldnt be allowed to speak to anyone until his fate has been decided... Suspended!!!!

  • Matshidiso - 2012-02-28 08:58

    Malema can't be addressing the workers representing ANC he is at odds with the party saying that the party " has not dilivered on its promisis". He wants to see if he has enogh following to establish his own party.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-02-28 09:00

    Anyone listening to his speech is just as big idiot as he. Shame, poor thing, never worked in his life, but want to advise others how to stuff up an economy

  • Phillip - 2012-02-28 09:04

    Zuma and Shabangu are doing nothing for Implats mine workers,they must intervene.Shabangu said that Nationalisations will never happen I think she must donate her salary those striking employees who does not have food at the moment.zuma must step down He failed the youth and the workers.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 10:25

      Zuman and Shabangu did not tell them to engage in an illegal strike. If they are now hungry that is their own doing. They're damned lucky that the mine is re-employing them.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-28 10:30

      Easy ....NO WORK = NO PAY Who is going to pay for all the damages that these striking workers done? When you apply for a job, you AGREE to work for a set salary and benefits. If you don't like it in a year or two....easy - RESIGN Who is going to carry the cost the mines are losing because of this strike? The workers off course. NO industry can run on air and water. Now the workers that did not strike is going to lose out on bonuses because the mine has to cover its losses somehow. Even if the workers go back to work, they will not get decent increases for some years because the mine has to make up what it lost BECAUSE of the workers. You must understand onething, to strike is to shoot yourself in the foot in the longrun. I don't need to draw pictures I hope.

  • J-Man - 2012-02-28 09:08

    Can somebody please explain to me why this fool is still referred to as the "ANC Youth League leader" and why he is still out in the open doing speeches etc? Please?

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 09:08

    This is a well orchestrated move by the ANC/YL, cause disharmony in the mining sector and then "as a saving grace we will nationalise the mines".. It is an old ploy by the ANC to render a section ungovernable so they can use that as an excuse to put it under their administration... and so the looting will begin and the fat will become obese..

      Morama - 2012-02-28 09:31

      Well said pointblank.ANC want to nationalise the mines but are scared!!!

  • Gordon - 2012-02-28 09:08

    The nuttiest thing out of all of this is that the miners think that nationalisation will make their lives better. The truth is that the EXACT opposite will happen. The bosses will be the fat politicians not the driven managers of a commercial operation that has to the follow the laws of the land. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

  • michael.liebenberg - 2012-02-28 09:11

    Someone just shoot this idiot. It won't be murder. It will be eradication of a pest.

  • Bandile - 2012-02-28 09:11

    Because this little fat sh.ts followers have IQs of far less than the international average they can't recognise him for what he is and represents. Unfortunately there are so many of them. He is now also recruiting across the whole spectrum, not just among the youths. I sense a palace revolt in the making, and if that does not work maybe the real thing.

      Phillip - 2012-02-28 09:14

      Bandile you are not true south african I can see the way you despise our president Malema you call him by name but let me tell you that Malema will remain the ANCYL untill 2014

      Bandile - 2012-02-28 09:24

      That's right Phillip, because of the dumb people that follow him.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 09:48

      @Bandile - please show me the statistics that prove that his followers have IQ less than the international average.

      Bandile - 2012-02-28 09:56

      Bell curve doesn't lie, Marion. Says it all, in fact.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 10:28

      Do you know that there was a study done once that indicated that adult blacks have lower IQ than whites? HOWEVER, when other tests were carried out by the same experts, on children aged 4, it was found the IQ levels were, highest to lowest, black children, followed by mixed race children, followed by whites. I ask you what happened between age 4 and adulthood that made those blacks 'lose' their IQ? Something like Apartheid perhaps?

      PeggySven - 2012-02-28 10:35

      @Marion, actually the average IQ for the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa is 70 for the Bantu population, 110 for the Whites and 120 for those of Asian origin. This is the reason that all African countries have banned IQ testing in their schools. There are hundreds of studies that prove this to be fact, just Google and weep.

      Marion - 2012-02-28 11:38

      @PeggySven ... I have always believed that IQ testing is in fact subjective. Today I did google. There are also experts who state that where people have been deprived from mixing with other groups socially, geographically etc (now who do you think we are talking about here) it will affect the iq level of that grouping. IQ tests also prove that whites are dumber than people from China and Hong Kong. Is it also a fact that men are more intelligent than women?

      Marion - 2012-02-28 12:12

      Sorry, I think it was supposed to be Taiwan and Hong Kong.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-02-28 09:13

    Grown up men with beards allows a child with a pea brain to address them about jobs. A child who have never worked in his whole short life. What happened to this country to let children run amok and use their parents to insult the president??

  • Hermann - 2012-02-28 09:16

    My, my, Mr Important is not giving up.He who has never done a stitch of work wants to address workers. What a joke.

      danny.kangausaru - 2012-02-28 10:51

      you wouldn't understand coz you are not black.

  • Jane-francis - 2012-02-28 09:17

    Sorry? How is he still standing on his title of ANCYL leader? I am missing something?

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-28 09:18

    The cards unfold. Malema's implimenting of punishment reach the point of the "never ending story". Malema is having a free hand to spread his ideas. Riots at a mine. Numsa makes a statement. The ANC said nobody will tell them what to do. Malema is going to address the workers. Or the ANC leadership lost the plot and are not direct in control anymore(awaiting the up coming congress), ..or this was the plan all along and Malema is doing the foot work for the powers that be that will do the final take over from current leadership or current leadership will reveal their true colours. To remove Malema now, he probably have to die in a car "accident" etc. or he and his powers behind him must be send to Mars. That will cause a bit of a problems in SA. If the current powers are not just blinding all they will have to use extreme measures to stop the Malema-slam and that will also cause problems. Which ever way it gets decided or done it will cause problems. The door may still be open with a small glare coming through, but it is closing fast. Through this comment I am not concentrating on supporting or criticizing him, but like to clearly indicate that we are tired of this circus and that it most stop. I am convince that the normal public, like us, will be the losers. Irrelevant of which way it goes. It will be us, standing together, that will be the only ones able to stop and normalize the situation.

      Phillip - 2012-02-28 10:29

      Iam not happy with the way you said that your president Malema must die in a car accident.that will never happen to him.Malema is our gift from GOD Our future president,nomatter you like it or not He will be our President.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-28 10:56

      I never stated he is my, your or any one's president. Neither did I said he must die in a car accident. It was a way of speech/expression that are part of a context in a sentences that describe the rift between "clowns" in this daily running circus and the possible solutions they can reach at. If you read again you will, hopefully, realized that I said the circus, around him, must stop. If he is a clown in it or not, it is for one-selves to decide, but that the whole mater becomes a circus is true. What should boggle your mind is, when watching "Mining for Change", he started of as furious and unstabilized as can be, but in the last 20min he came forward with ideas that even I can think of twice. The question is, is some-one more intelligent behind it all and he is a pawn or is it his own ideas? If his own I am more worried because Hitler also have these ""good ideas", but practicing it became a nightmare and we all know what happened. Sorry for talking over your head(must be if you could not even understand my 1st comment), but I could not put it clearer.

  • Keelvol - 2012-02-28 09:19

    SNIGGER - a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled. Funny how that word with AND without the s is so apt in this scenario

  • Percy Sicelo Jalubane - 2012-02-28 09:21

    phansi ngo Malema phansi!

      Marion - 2012-02-28 09:59

      thula ngo malema thula!

  • james.nyamweda - 2012-02-28 09:23

    Zimplats>Implats>largest>in the world>Politicians>the poor>the economy>the subsequent>the loss>thejobs>the pawns>the Fat cats>THE POOR,THE POOREST! FIGURE IT OUT! It's always the the case!