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Cosatu leader, Malema allies in war of words

2012-08-27 11:35

Johannesburg - Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini should know that economic freedom fighters do not take kindly to his threats and will not be intimidated, Friends of the ANCYL said in a statement.

"We do not know what this warning is all about because if the warning is political/ideological, Sister Sdumo will never succeed," it said.

"And if the warning is a threat of violence, Sister Dlamini should be reminded that he knows nothing about violence and does not possess any monopoly over violence."

The Friends of the ANCYL were responding to Dlamini after he told them and expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema to "stop walking" on the bodies of the dead mineworkers.

"For the first time Cosatu is issuing a direct warning to Malema to stop using the Lonmin mine tragedy for his personal agenda," Dlamini said at a Young Communist League of SA public lecture held in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni on Sunday.

‘Questionable struggle credentials’

At least 34 people were killed when police opened fire on them during a strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine. Around 78 were injured.

At least 10 people, who included two police officers and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

In the statement, the Friends of the ANCYL said Dlamini was a nurse by profession who had "questionable struggle credentials".

He was "accidentally springboarded" into the leadership of COSATU because of factional wars, the group claimed.

It said that the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) was losing ground in mines because their focus was on business dealings while workers face exploitation.

Mineworkers are subjected to difficult and dangerous working conditions with no adequate pay because there is no union representation, it said.

‘Malema fearless and courageous’


"The only thing Num does is isolate, charge and bastardise union leaders who are opposed to the self-enrinchment projects and too much salaries of Num national leaders," the statement said.

"Workers have accepted the leadership of President Julius Malema and because he is courageous and fearless, he goes to speak to the workers and represents their interests with no fear or favour. Sister Dlamini could not face workers in the mines..."

Dlamini said Cosatu was under attack from Malema and others, and believed there was an orchestrated plan to weaken Cosatu.

Friends of the ANCYL said the culture of issuing threats would lead to a difficult and dangerous political environment.

"We want to advise Cosatu to withdraw the threat and contest for political relevance through ideas and mobilisation of people on the ground," it said.

It said Cosatu was not their enemy.

Comments
  • kayley.segal - 2012-08-27 11:51

    It's a battle of wits, and both sides are out of ammunition.

      bryan.nicholson.33 - 2012-08-27 13:04

      ANCYL in responce to Cosatu leader Sdumo Dlamini . "And if the warning is a threat of violence, Sister Dlamini should be reminded that he knows nothing about violence and does not possess any monopoly over violence." - We live in a country where violence is apparently a very treasured political weapon. Disgusting.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-08-27 13:49

      If Malema was part of the statistics...Zuma would blame the rabbit

      Billy - 2012-08-27 13:49

      the hero of mine nationalisation regains his pedestal. has anyone investigated WHY malema delivered and load of brand spanking new traditional weapons to the miners just before this broke out? isnt it strange that malema came to rise out of this massacre. who organised the "advisor" to go see the striking miners?

      Willie - 2012-08-27 14:13

      It is high time Cosatu should review this idea of supporting the ruling party because not all union members are supporting the ruling party. And this is the reason why you have unions been formed all over. Be BOLD cosatu tell ANC that now you are going to put your energy in issues of labour no more politics.It is a fact that some people will join Cosatu but not support ANC and there is nothing wrong in that.

      klaus.schirmer.9 - 2012-08-27 14:37

      One small item that we mostly tend to overlook when it comes to our dear Julius Malema. If there ever was a player in the sordid world of SA politics who did not give a damn about anyone or anything, one who knows how to manipulate the masses for personal political (and other) gains, one who will walk over corpses if the need be and who is self centered to an extreme that makes narcism look tame, then it must be Julius Malema. Now, as long as he takes on the ANC government, a government that is equally self centred, the members of which are by and large after personal gain only, he will get away with his rhetoric and inflammatory statements. But, taking on Cosatu and the NUM (irrespective of my opinion of those organisations) may well be a step too far for even dear Julius. I think Vavi and the likes have more wit than the entire ANCYL, Friends of the ANCYL and Julius put together. And if Julius has not realised that what he is doing now is in essence a direct attack on the so called "sacrosanct" alliance, then I srtongly believe that he very shortly will. I have no idea how he will ultimately be dealt with, but dealt with he will be - he is making too many enemies now in the higher echelons of what was his own support base at one point in time. And somehow I think it will not be pretty....

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-27 16:01

      @Klaus...LOL...once a USED condom, always a used condon.

  • aeon.lamour - 2012-08-27 11:54

    At least he can focus his energy on his fellow comrades for a while and not on taking farm and mines that does not belong to him

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-27 12:03

    "questionable struggle credentials" WTF!!!!!!! I want to see an ANCYL person who was part of the struggle! Malema is a fat waste of space who is too young to have gone through the struggle he is 30 odd!!! So he was 12 in 94 what role did he play in the struggle?? All he is doing now is undoing all the hard work of the peole who actually went through the struggle for freedom for his own personal game!! The ANC's stratergy of keeping the country uneducated is back firing becuase someone else is beating them at their own game! GEt the uneducated to listen to lies and then vote for them!

      steven.loots.33 - 2012-08-27 12:44

      Nie een van hulle het gestruggle nie. Die Namibiers, Angolese, Mosambiekers en al die ander buurlande het hulle vuilwerk gedoen. Hulle het net hulle beursies vol gestruggle. Doen dit nog steeds teen n moerse pas.

      thozi - 2012-08-27 13:41

      The problem with Malema is that he's taking advantage of the naive and the unsophisticated minds of the majority, who happens to be poor and desperate. Those are unfortunately the sort who believe in the "rabbit stories". But the real problem is that if he is left unchecked, he is likely to take the whole country down with him - like the erstwhile Idi Amin did in Uganda. The ANC unfortunately, did nothing to correct him in the early stages - for selfish reasons of course. Now he's haunting them... it's a pity that the whole country will be hit by the resultant the debris.

  • dudley.futcher - 2012-08-27 12:14

    Yes he is fearless, but what is his solution

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-08-27 12:21

    this man should be arrested, he is causing trouble where there has been tragedy and he tries to follow through as if he was apart of it from the start, if that was the cause then why didnt he step in before? this guy doesnt give 2 stuffs for these workers and is using them as a scap goat for his own benifits but they still stupid enough to believe the crap that comes out his mouth! they might as well take a gun and shoot themselves in the head if they gonna take advice from this clown!

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-27 12:24

    The unions are becoming irrelevant, they will fight to be in control. They know that if any of Malema's allies win at Mangaung, they also loose power in government.

      johann.devilliers.5 - 2012-08-27 12:40

      Malema must first win himself at Mangaung. At this stage he has no power. It WILL change in the near future. Hopefully the members of the anc wakes up to his power hungry and self enriching ideal world for himself and looks for someone who will work for all the poeple, no matter what race or colour! Viva Susan, Viva!

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-08-27 13:53

      Given that he's pee'ed off the entire tripartite alliance in the last week, I think he's accepted he won't be heading back into the fold

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-27 15:03

      Malema cannot win at Mangaung, he is not even a member of any party right now..

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-27 12:25

    Aahhh...the tolpuddle scenario would be most apt in this case. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/tolpuddle-martyrs-banished-to-australia

  • johann.devilliers.5 - 2012-08-27 12:35

    Did that guy ever get the price for the coconuts he was after last week?

  • osmaseko - 2012-08-27 12:37

    it's unfortunate that these unions were no where to be seen when the whole marikana sags unfolded. Now because someone went there talked to the workers for them it's wrong? Where was their leadership?

  • ahemsurferosa - 2012-08-27 12:38

    he will be taken out by one of his own real soon... and it won't be to dinner, if you know what i mean...

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-08-27 12:51

    Oh my. It`s like watching Dumb and Dumber. With guns.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-27 12:58

    He is not fearless! He is GREEDY!!!!!!

      tebogo.kwape.1 - 2012-08-27 13:20

      fearless in their greed, they know no one will take action against them...

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-08-27 13:02

    Workers have accepted the leadership of President Julius Malema and because he is courageous and fearless, he goes to speak to the workers and represents their interests with no fear or favour. Sister Dlamini could not face workers in the mines..." They forgot to add uneducated and thieving.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-08-27 13:55

      They've accepted a man who has openly admitted to never having a job is his life

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-08-27 13:04

    These uneducated handout-expecting thugs couldnt spell Struggle even if it was tattood across their faces.

  • mullervince - 2012-08-27 13:13

    How much idiots and bravehearts will still pop up. This is what happens when the country is ran by the uneducated and kids. And the government is just sitting back, scared to loose their comrades. They have already lost face internationally and in some Africa countries. Do the honerable thing, admit that as government you have failed.

  • tebogo.kwape.1 - 2012-08-27 13:18

    There it goes again. Juju and his fellow clowns are talking about violence again. The man and his crew must be sent to Syria for a few days. That should give them a good idea of what violence is... These boys and girls need something to entertain them a bit..

  • IcemanGP - 2012-08-27 13:19

    War words, hope they kill each other off quickly, so that the country can get back to doing what it was doing.

  • DougiCourt - 2012-08-27 13:19

    What is Malema 'President' of?

      jacobus.m.vantonder - 2012-08-27 13:26

      Jhb sewer, his the biggest "drol" there...

  • dylan.mugabe - 2012-08-27 13:22

    How the does that fatboy get around? Isn't he unemployed?

  • Ditantane - 2012-08-27 13:32

    sister Dlamini

  • mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-08-27 13:55

    eish, sometimes i wonder where we are headed...with such leadership, future looks scary!

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-08-27 13:57

      Who decided malema was a leader apart from himself? he's never held an elected position in his life

      mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-08-27 14:09

      No One has decided that DrGonzo SA however the ANc can`t contain him now and he will stir them up given they are also a very weak leadership. they can`t tell him what and what not to do anymore.

  • lhenama - 2012-08-27 14:38

    Which makes me to still believe that that pig Malema was behind that whole thing from the start, he's the one who enticed them and gave them the idea of protesting that way because of his own agendas and that's really worked out the way he wants, isht bastard that's got a bastardized mind apha.

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-08-27 14:49

    Struggle credentials? The only struggle Julius had was with grades at school.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-08-27 14:59

    Well if the ANCYL and Malema continue to threaten and continue to disrupt business investors will take their money elsewhere. This country needs to grow the economy but will not be able to afford development without FDI. Sticks and stones have broken many bones but will not heal the wounds if there is continual divisions and threats.

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-08-27 15:05

    buddy i have more time to listen to my dog bark than listen to this fool, least my dog would bark for a reason and know what he is barking at! this guy opens his mouth and he cant even understand what he is saying!

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-08-27 15:09

    Please will someone just shut Juju up! The last thing that the 'simple' and easily manipulated mine workers need is someone to brainwash them into believing into something unattainable! Malema should lead by example and storm the police with a panga...

  • hamilton.tspoon - 2012-08-27 15:55

    What kind of country are we? What kind of political party is ANC? A person was dismissed from the party but still up to now he is given more than enough airtime to give people headaches. Was he expelled from the party or was just removed from the position as a leader of the youth league? Why do we still have to fight political issues with if he is expelled from politics? Why is he treated as a VIP where ever he goes (political visits and situation)? Can someone from the ANC tell me as to who is Malema in ANC or the country as a whole please.

      zakhele.mtetwa - 2012-08-30 16:48

      yeah ryt some1 must put this juju guy where he belongs once n 4 ol by the who is he udume ngani

  • zakhele.mtetwa - 2012-08-30 16:45

    Malema & co. please go back to school & stop uttering senseless speechless just bcos you are no longa on the gravy train; by the way what is Malema's highest standard of education

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-31 23:23

      I think the same standard as ZUMA.....grade six only Zuma is older more street wize, but being older could be his weakness battling against the younger one who has pretty much the same kind of training. Lets face it with all Zuma's power, the young lone-wolf is punching gigantic political holes into the Zuma camp.... even without the resources Zuma has... even though he was kicked out of the ANC. The Lone-wolfs power grows...... must be because the moon is full tonight...

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-31 23:13

    Casatu has proven that they are a failure to their members, numerous time, the largest failure being Aurora. While Malema professors to be champion of the people he has never really proven himself, so workers must tread cautiously when it comes to the lone-wolf who might also be the tail end of the ANC who plays both roles of 'farther' and 'mother' of the people, both the good and the bad ensuring that neither end falls at the same time.

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