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Shivambu: Malema not exploiting workers

2012-08-25 14:45

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema did not exploit workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, the league's suspended spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said on Saturday.

"These mineworkers are not fools, they are not lifeless bodies, they are not robots, these are breadwinners, fathers, brothers and family heads of many households and they know who can best represent their interests," he said in a statement, issued by the Friends of the Youth League.

Last week, 34 people were killed and 78 injured when police opened fire on striking workers.

In the week leading up to the shooting, another 10 people - including two police officers and two security guards - were killed.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements. Workers also wanted higher wages.

'Not enemies of Cosatu'

Shivambu rubbished claims by the Congress of SA Trade Union that Malema was using the mine tragedy to destabilise the trade union federation.

"We are not enemies of Cosatu and we will never be. One thing for sure is that we will not shy away from the truth and we will at all times expose weaknesses that currently define the labour movement," he said.

On Friday, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said political leaders were exploiting the workers.

"Suddenly politicians, far removed from the reality workers face... are suddenly positioning themselves opportunistically as the champions of the RDOs (rock drill operators)," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Their latest recruit is... Julius Malema, a wealthy, essentially right wing leader, who demagogically exploits any perceived weakness to encourage workers to leave their union, their only means of defence."

Shivambu said there was nothing "right wing" about Malema.

Sweat and blood of mineworkers

"There is completely nothing right wing in advising workers to unite under a militant union if the one they are in is selling them out and killing them when they demand representation."

"What is right wing is for leaders of workers receiving more that a R1m annual salaries because of the sweat and blood of mineworkers."

In May, the Mail & Guardian online reported that NUM general secretary Frans Baleni earned over R1.4 million a year.

Comments
  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-25 14:53

    Malema and the whole ANCYL only know exploitation. They have a selfish, greedy agenda that only benefits their future goals to dictate this country!

      alf.pop - 2012-08-25 15:18

      Malema driving his expensive cars and dressing in Armani suits that do not really suit him! And he claims to defend workers interests. And his chum Shivambu has to add his 5 cents worth. I wonder what part of their anatomy joins them together! It definitely is not the brain. Which one of the two is the Lord of the Ring?

      Jason - 2012-08-25 15:37

      Why is he referred to as the Expelled ANCYL leader?????? He is just JM! Please media stop making him more than he is.

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-08-25 15:58

      "These mineworkers are not fools, they are not lifeless bodies, they are not robots, these are breadwinners, fathers, brothers and family heads of many households and they know who can best represent their interests," he said in a statement, issued by the Friends of the Youth League. And these are the very same people who believed that the witch-doctor's spells would make them invincible to the police's bullets, and now believe that because they killed a rabbit that the spell failed !!!!!!!!! No wonder they can be taken for a ride by malema and shivambo so easily.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-08-25 17:59

      Ou Vlooi, remember the gardner of Malema, who didn't got paid till he went to the papers.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-25 14:53

    Of course Malema is using the mine tragedy to revive his dormant political career. Who is Shivambu trying to fool?

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-25 15:08

      Malema is not using the mine tragedy they started it. They are the resone behind all striks as they want people to vote for who ever they want as president of the ANC. Who that is I don't know but it is clear they want Zuma and kie out. Come he'll or high water. Evem if people must die. They don't care.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-25 17:19

      The brain dead?

  • joubert.joep - 2012-08-25 14:56

    Shivambo not a South African name... Take your little Malema and go back to your country! Stop stirring trouble and behave like adults!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-25 14:58

    Born to lie, steal and feed on their people's ignorance. We need to educate the masses so they can see how they are being used.

      jaap.kotze - 2012-08-25 15:54

      These masses cant be educated. Not within the scope of their capabilitys.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-25 14:59

    Yes Shivambu you and Malema and the rest of your gang does not only exploit the workers but misuse them in the most dispicable manner to get your way! You don't even care if people die as long as you get THE POWER.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-25 15:01

    I would not call it exploiting...I would say it is the dumb empowering the dumber!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-25 15:01

    Malema should inform the workers and the rest of the country what he thinks of the muti man's powers as projected to the workers and of course if he also thinks that the deaths would have been prevented if that rabbit was not killed? If he keeps silent about it it would definitely be proof that he wants the strikers to go on believing for future events of the same kind that the muti men's powers will protect them. Part of a plan?

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-25 15:01

    This was exactly the opportunity Julius was waiting for, of course he took full advantage of it. What better podium to launch an attack on the government who spurned him, and the mine managers all in one go?

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-25 15:04

    Of course he is! He was told by "tradional healer" "Drink Johnnie blue every day,be as fake as you can,ignore the rabbits you see after dinking the Johnnie blue-you will be victorious"

  • Bonginkosi Ngubane - 2012-08-25 15:05

    Malema a true imbecile; who is he trying to fool. He owns illegal tenders; tell me a single poor community he alleviated.

  • lucille.cupido.399 - 2012-08-25 15:14

    He looks and sounds like ET more and more

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-25 15:18

      I wonder if he is from Mars or Pluto

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-25 17:19

      What a terrible insult to ET

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-26 12:32

      Lucille, yes, but ET wanted to go home.

  • Zahir - 2012-08-25 15:27

    Malema wants to take control over these mines he will then join tokyo and motsepe as a new billionaire

  • mark.schulz.796 - 2012-08-25 15:35

    Why is the media giving these two fools a platform? They have been suspended - so stop treating them as if they represent anyone but themselves.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-25 15:38

    Lies. lies and bloody lies. They are COSATU's friend, well then fighting and opposing is the theme of friendship. Unemployed middle age idiots mascarading as youth.

      Sean Wasserman - 2012-08-25 17:45

      you mean unemployable.

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-08-25 15:53

    Malema needs confrontation and division to survive because without these he would not be the hero and would be nothing................work the rest out for yourselves

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-08-25 15:59

    Shivambu said "These mineworkers are not fools, they are not lifeless bodies, they are not robots, these are breadwinners, fathers, brothers and family heads of many households and they know who can best represent their interests," But I thought they are the same people who belieived the muti from a sangoma will make them invinsible, jamming automatic rifles from firing!!!

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-08-25 16:01

      ...they also believed that saving the life of rabbit could have saved them...

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-25 16:00

    From where did Shivambu get his definition of 'Exploit'? The Oxford English Dictionary says to exploit means to use a person or situation for one's own ends! Was JM there simply because he wanted to see how many remembered him? - Kathy

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-25 16:09

    Remember not to chase the rabbits when a civil war breaks out!

  • bafana.msibi.96 - 2012-08-25 16:12

    Let people judge on this one , hoping the bereaved families stay strong and ignore politicians trying to revive their careers through Marikana massacre.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-08-25 16:16

    If u feel like u don't life some of the issues in news24 or u get some personal agenda with some1, this is not a platform to raise your personal issues against some ppl

  • sydney.manyibaneoamazibu - 2012-08-25 16:28

    Who does Floyd together with his ugly think he s fooling? Do we look like robots? We can see them for what they are,they are turning other ppls tragedies into their political joy,shame on them at that tender age,they are going no where in life blv u me.

  • robert.burnett.108 - 2012-08-25 16:29

    malema and his side kick need a piece of lead between thier eyes.

      ian.flack2 - 2012-08-25 16:51

      Yes. Malema apologises for being late the other day, but promises to on time for the next one ........ bare in mind that he very rarely keeps his promises

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-25 16:35

    Ja neh!

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  • derek.wright.7370 - 2012-08-25 16:45

    What an awfull, evil human being, exploiting the horrible situation at Marikana o further his political agenda. You disgust me Malema!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-25 16:51

    They are all pieces of rotten meat and they manipulate those workers, which believe in anything like sangomas and muti, to further their business and careers.

  • gift.moyo.52 - 2012-08-25 17:06

    Floyd and Juju do not care about anyone. Their main concern is their bank accounts and appearing on tv. You should have joined Generations then you would be on air, prime time, monday to friday. Why didn't you fight for a better salary for these fellas when you had front row seats at the trough? Now you want to pave your way to Mangaung with their dead bodies. DISGUSTING!

  • william.bromehead - 2012-08-25 17:17

    In May, the Mail & Guardian online reported that NUM general secretary Frans Baleni earned over R1.4 million a year. what does this tell you

  • william.bromehead - 2012-08-25 17:20

    fred.murgatroyd - August 25, 2012 at 15:58 Report commentComments Policy "These mineworkers are not fools, they are not lifeless bodies, they are not robots, these are breadwinners, fathers, brothers and family heads of many households and they know who can best represent their interests," he said in a statement, issued by the Friends of the Youth League. And these are the very same people who believed that the witch-doctor's spells would make them invincible to the police's bullets, and now believe that because they killed a rabbit that the spell failed !!!!!!!!! No wonder they can be taken for a ride by malema and shivambo so easily.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-08-25 17:44

    Floyd, you still do not recognize the fact that you are a worthless c@nt ... !

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-25 18:03

    He is using the workers to exploit the moment

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-08-25 19:12

    Expelled, suspended? Why then do they still have a say in anything? Zuma and Malema have something in common, both have lapdogs - Zuma have Maharaj, Malema have Shivambu

  • fred.warren.986 - 2012-08-25 19:50

    "These mineworkers are not fools, they are not lifeless bodies, they are not robots, these are breadwinners, fathers, brothers and family heads of many households and they know who can best represent their interests," he said in a statement, issued by the Friends of the Youth League." Except that their IQ's are around 65. Shame...

  • jacques.y.jordaan - 2012-08-25 22:30

    when are these people gonna realise that its their own "leaders" who exploit and demoralize them the most. they are mere puppets in in the hands of their corrupt "leaders"!

  • JohnnyACE562 - 2012-08-26 05:33

    When white Afrikaners and internet trolls (who could be computer-generated bots) talk badly about you, that's how you KNOW you're on the right track. When the white media talks spins lies about you, that's how you know you ARE the right track. "If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the ones being oppressed and loving the ones doing the oppressing." ~~Malcolm X. {{-_-}}

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-26 12:35

      JohnnyACE562. Had much to drink last night?.

  • JohnnyACE562 - 2012-08-26 05:38

    By the way, Julius Malema is a HERO and an inspiration to us all. He is the FUTURE of South Africa, if not ALL of Africa. Floyd Shivambu is right, and he is just as much a hero for speaking the truth. {{-_-}}

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-26 12:35

      Johnny, I knew you had to much to drink last night.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-26 08:39

    Suspended Shivambu and expelled Malema....of course they exploiting the workers. Malema is unemployed now so he is looking for a way back onto the gravy train.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-26 12:30

    Shivambu, Malema's troll.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-26 13:00

    somebody incited those miners, that is the truth, then if not the same person used this as a political podium to step up their career. No respect was shown to those dead miners, they were exploited and used as a political tool. The did in vain and went to an early grave. Let this be a lesson, time to stop all this striking and marching or protesting nonsense. These people are being incited hence death and destruction is the order of the day. This cannot be allowed to continue as every protest etc in future is going to a blood bath. We cannot allow these people or the Unions to hold business people to ramsome any long. We the citizens are tired of being caught up in march"s etc of having a property destroyed this is not necessary. If they cant be peaceful and behave like civilized citizens then these type of events have to be stopped. The ANCYL is still supporting Julius Malema and floyd shivambu and this is where the hooliganism is taking place. They are all way beyond the age classed at Youth and if this is the way people would like to see their sons and daughters follow their example I can only shake my head. Todays youth, and I mean youth sure have more common sense and a little more educated than these OLD HOOLIGANS that have no shame.

  • zenzele.mazibuko.9 - 2012-08-27 13:16

    This thug malema is just a loser, why can't some one shut up that big mouth for him.People are mourning for the loss of their beloved ones and the media give him a centre stage to gloat. I really fail to understand, they knew that he is full of verbal diarrhea. He is an embarrassment!!!!!

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