R16 000 salary demand peanuts compared with Nkandla costs – Malema

2012-10-09 18:09

The R16 000 salary demand of mineworkers of the Beatrix mine in Virginia, Free State, was peanuts compared with the cost of the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, expelled ANC Youth League President Julius Malema said today.

Addressing a group of mineworkers, Malema said they should not back down from their salary demand.
He claimed management did not listen to them because Baleka Mbete, national chairperson of the ANC, was a shareholder in the mine.

Workers at the mine went on strike two weeks ago to demand a salary of R16 000 after deductions.

“You deserve that and the mines should build houses and schools for you and pay for your water and electricity,” Malema said.

He told mineworkers that R16 000 was peanuts compared to the more than R200 million being used to upgrade President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

He said only in South Africa would so much money disappear and nothing be done about it.

Malema said miners should not get tired of fighting for their rights. He said he did not understand how people could be scared of him, a 31-year-old man.

“This morning people wanted to say the permission they gave for a meeting to be held in Virginia was a mistake, because they cannot give permission for Malema to address the meeting. There cannot be special laws for Julius Malema,” he said.

Malema said he was not going to keep quiet and that everyone should be treated the same.

“If you do not support Magashule (Free State premier and ANC provincial chairperson Ace Magashule) you do not get a food parcel or an RDP house. They first demand our sisters to sleep with them before they give them a job or a house,” he said.

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