Malema: Brace for a mining revolution

2012-08-23 20:46
Julius Malema (AFP)

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Malema mouths off at memorial

2012-08-24 08:40

During the memorial service on Thursday, former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema accused the government of not doing anything for the 34 slain miners at Marikana. WATCH. WATCH

Marikana - Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema on Thursday warned the country's mines should brace for a revolution unless workers' conditions improve.

Malema was speaking at a memorial service for the 44 workers killed during an illegal strike at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine.

If working conditions on the mines "are not going to change, we are going to see more of the strikes in the mining sector", he said.

"This is a mining revolution. We are not going to to retreat, we are not going to surrender until the white man gives us our money," he added to loud applause from thousands who gathered at the service that leading politicians said should remain religious.

He accused top government officials, including Zuma, of failing to act for workers because they were enjoying mining profits.

"The reason government is failing to intervene in the mines is because our leaders are involved in the mines," he said.

Read more on:    lonmin  |  julius malema  |  jacob zuma  |  mahikeng  |  mining unrest
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