Cosatu warns Malema

2012-08-26 14:35

Johannesburg - Cosatu "will deal" with expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and Amcu president Joseph Mathenjwa, the union federation's president Sdumo Dlamini said on Sunday.

Cosatu was warning Friends of ANCYL and Malema to "stop walking" on the bodies of the dead mineworkers, said Dlamini.

"For the first time Cosatu is issuing a direct warning to Malema to stop using the Lonmin mine tragedy for his personal agenda."

At least 34 striking mineworkers 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 preceding week.

Dlamini was speaking at a YCLSA public lecture held in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.

Splinter unions

Also present at the event were ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, YCLSA secretary general Buti Manamela and SACP deputy chairpersonThulas Nxesi.

Dlamini said Cosatu was under attack from Malema, Amcu president Mathunjwa and former Satawu president Ephraim Mphahlele.

Mphahlele resigned from Satawu two weeks ago to join a splinter union.

There was an orchestrated plan to weaken Cosatu, said Dlamini.

"To be able to weaken the ANC, they see it fit to weaken Cosatu. Theirs is a political agenda that seeks to replace the ANC leadership."

He said with 2.2 million members, Cosatu was a "formidable" power from which everyone wanted a stake.

Mathunjwa was expelled from NUM due to ill-discipline years back when Mantashe was the union's secretary general.


"Amcu will be defeated... NUM will remain a strong union for the workers."

He said Mathunjwa and Malema were on a crusade for revenge because they were expelled from NUM and the ANC respectively.

Malema had never worked a day in his life, said Dlamini.

"He has never received a payslip... he will never understand what workers go through."

The Lonmin mine incident was the last straw for Cosatu as far as Malema was concerned, he said.

On Thursday, MPs walked out of the memorial service held for the victims while Malema spoke, attacking government.

Dlamini said Malema was no longer a member of the ANC.

"Malema has been expelled. He may be making noises which people want to hear... but he is no longer within the movement."

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-26 14:40

    Never a true word spoken

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-26 14:49

      Sheesh Moses, having a bad day? Are you Fatboy Malema's boyfriend?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-26 14:52

      I agree hsebolelo, Malema must!

      giovanni.izar - 2012-08-26 15:06

      I propose that everyone report mosesbongane.sibanda's comments as abusive. His views and comments are worth nothing to anyone. So sorry you have to witness this kind of mentality Kim

      kim.buren - 2012-08-26 15:12


      rontheogre - 2012-08-26 15:19

      Moses, I have forwarded your comments to the Belgian(pink people) Immigration department as I think they should know what YOU think of white people(that are at present affording you the privilege of living in their borders). Your comment is nothing but racist. Vat so Fluffy.

      giovanni.izar - 2012-08-26 15:29

      LOL @ Ronald Well done! Why did I not think of that?

      morne.demeillon - 2012-08-26 16:04

      Malema is digging his own grave.....his enemy count is growing by the day

      ian.flack2 - 2012-08-26 16:06

      BEWARE ...... implosion in progress

      joubert.joep - 2012-08-26 16:47

      Sibanda - not from SA again! Can we just get all these other jamstealers out?

      johandebeer - 2012-08-26 18:28

      Ronald you beauty!

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-26 14:41

    First positive thing these guys have said in a long while

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-26 15:30

      I am amazed that COSATU has becomes everyones hero all of a sudden. Did everyone forgotten, how a miner committed suicide due to outsanding debt restulting from NONE PAYMENT from the mining company. Where was NUM and COSATU!!!!!

      morne.demeillon - 2012-08-26 16:38

      Enough of the warnings! Time for a moerse pakslae!

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-26 14:42

    Good! Glad the unions and their people are finally starting to stand up to this trouble-making tsotsi!!! I wish the whole dysfunctional ANCYL would be shut down, they are a national embarrassment to South Africa. Malema must be deported back to the Congo.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-26 15:08

      michael, need a nappy change?

      MagdaKus - 2012-08-26 16:11

      Shame- as if the Congolese did not have enough home-grown problems ;-)

  • KCorsar - 2012-08-26 14:47

    Good now maybe he will just bu##er off and do nothing somewhere else; he is only there for the political points to be scored. He is a total farce in the face of 'politics for the people' - he is in it for the money!!

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 15:24

      Only hitler was not in politics for money, the rest are. Atleast for the Fuhre he wanted to dominate the world and keep palestinians/arabs in jerusalem and jews in poland. Why do u think most if not all politicians are fat? is it the cape town air? hell no, its the pink and the green business cards Gil Marcus issue out every so often from the mint. I dont care the color of politicians they are all bad news for humanity.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-08-26 14:47

    I wonder if Malema will join the DA now?

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-26 15:04

      For a minute I thought he was going to join the party when he apologised to Helen.I think he realised the embarased due to his previous insolent remarks towards the DA.

      Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-08-26 15:59

      That is a very dangerous statement

      boipelo.mmekwa - 2012-08-26 16:52

      Strategically If I was Hellen I would recruit him just 4 the elections if you know what I mean and if he he hasn't learned anything yet from being expelled,than I would dispose off him(but after the elections)

      dolce.mapheto - 2012-08-27 08:25

      LOL, Charles thats HILARIOUS

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-08-26 14:50

    Cosatu and SACP has passed their sell by date long time ago,they are just hanging onto ANC because thats the only way to get power, they will never contest elections on their own, because they will loose power.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-26 14:58

    Like father like son...they pampered him and brought him up to be exactly like them in the name of comradeship.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-26 15:09

      Very true. The ANC groomed the snake, now they don't like it cause the snakes bites them. Stupid ANC!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-26 15:00

    They fight each other and the common population has to stay on the middle of their wars. People vote tin them to work a thing they do not do at all.

  • judy.human - 2012-08-26 15:10

    dlamini en co, malema is your baby, you gave him powers before he was ready, you allowed him to walk before he could you accuse him of never worked one day in his created this person, you fought for him until you could fight no you have the guts to eliminate him...can you get rid of him once and for all or are you as powerless to stop him as the West is at stopping Mugabe?

  • Mohlomphehi Thabo - 2012-08-26 15:14

    where is the difference between Malema and Cosatu's statements?they are all fighting for one thing:Power... - 2012-08-26 22:55

      isnt malema still up for fraud charges ? And isnt the NUM an affiliate of Cosatu ?

  • juannepierre - 2012-08-26 15:16

    Cosatu is for the workers? And cosatu is against Malema? Then why did all those miners go to a memorial service staged by Malema? I would try shut him up too if I were cosatu.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 15:16

    Hate Malema as much as you like, but accept he has an eye for opportunities and he has an appeal to the common people. Cosatu must admit failure to represent their workers instead of finding fault somewhere, its a terrible tradition to blame everyone else and take no responsibility. Num is busy lobbying for zuma to be president than looking after workers, amcu have identified an opportunity and are taking it. The ANC and the allies must also learn to be democratic, that starts with no labelling people when they have different views from theirs. The DA and other opposition parties, must just grow up and give people an alternative and a clear vision for the country. you and me can play a role, let's just give all the politicians a middle finger and have a civilian coup, let's tell them how leaderless we are and how they are busy with everything else but build a society we can all be proud of. I am gonna start with my boeremag neigbhours while claudia will take juju for lunch.

      king.rasta.583 - 2012-08-26 18:38

      well said

      tw2066 - 2012-08-27 04:58

      imam ... I assume you use the term "grow up" very liberally...considering MAlema has some maturing to do, but stomach wise he has grown up and side ways too? That aside, I agree that Zuma is the "opportunist Prime" and little Julie has simply learnt from the master. The problem in our politics is that we talk on idividuals, but the voting system is FAR from democratic. In SA we vote party (and dont actually choose WHO will be president) - and some 100 or so party members, many unknown and immature - vote for the individuals. This allows for Prima Donnas amd opportunists. Give me a shout when you start that coup, sounds good, although the boeremag had the idea before but didnt invite everyone to the party. I will call you at lunch time to send you regards from Gwede.

  • braamc - 2012-08-26 15:17

    The filth and dirt Juliass have on the cANCer, eish. When is the grand tax thieve Juliass off to jail? Just wondering

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-08-26 15:17

    While its wrong for Malema to use the dead for political scoring, my questions are where was COSATU and NUM for all these years when the workers earned such peanuts? Why did the workers only raised their grievances now as they were earning peanuts for so long? What made the workers to use violence when they protest? Why the police did not obey a cease fire command? Why the mine owners/management exploited our workers for so long? \r\n\r\nAs much as I believe that the workers have a legitimate grievances but blaming one side doesn't help. This hole quandary is a mess all parties must be blamed. - 2012-08-26 22:57

      where were they ? Dinning lavishly in their big houses drinking whiskey and smoking cigars on the tax payers bill....and check, its wrong for all of them to use this for political gain, from th eANC through to the DA. none of them were there

  • peter.ledger.902 - 2012-08-26 15:50

    The tripartite alliance is in deep, deep trouble. I believe the masses are starting to question the alliance and the ruling party. The ANC's strategy of favours for votes is coming to haunt it. That's why Malema is out for their blood. He's been duped by the ANC and now it's payback time. He can however only weaken the alliance. It's a good thing so long as the violence and bloodshed can be contained.

  • Japana101 - 2012-08-26 15:57

    No-one among all these guys are truly representing the workers and the local people in Marikana. The fair solution will be to give a stake of the company to the workers or locals. Otherwise this is only serving to fuel discontent in this already troubled country.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-08-26 16:00

    What I they gonna do him expelled from SA this time, he is not a member of the ANC

      Peter - 2012-08-26 16:32

      No they cant do that, but they can arrange for him to trip in front of a fast moving train.

  • victor.khoza.10 - 2012-08-26 16:36

    I think vavi and his brothers are wrong,they didnt do enything 2 stop marikani.the only thing they know is to make noise.

      king.rasta.583 - 2012-08-26 18:41


  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-26 16:52

    The lines have been drawn, now let us watch the show!

  • boipelo.mmekwa - 2012-08-26 17:21

    In house fighting,divisions I like what I see except the issue being discussed(the Lomin tragedy).Economics 101 \competition among suppliers in the market, always benefits the consumer because they will all strive to give a good service\

  • Jacques Van Der Merwe - 2012-08-26 17:27

    Jesus is coming...

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-26 17:36

      Ask him to bring me a tender.

  • mokgadi.deborah - 2012-08-26 18:36

    Divided we fall united we stand

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-08-26 20:47

    to idiot malema...why dint u invite the miners over to your R16m mansion, so that they can see how a poor man without a job lives! - 2012-08-26 22:59

      so true yet no one who votes anc wants to believe it....he struggled to become that rich hey?

  • mandisi.mrwebi - 2012-08-26 21:08

    please visit

  • rupert.vansittert - 2012-08-26 21:50

    Malema is a brick (mamparra)

  • - 2012-08-26 22:52

    Hahahahahahaha its like the blind man blaming the deaf man for a robbery !! How many times has Cosatu used incidents for its own agenda!? Now they feel what its like. They are all liars, every single one of them up to the top. No trust, no nothing, not even service delivery

  • thakantshala - 2012-08-27 05:23

    de last paragraph

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-08-27 07:06

    Batten down the hatches people. Malema is stoking the fire and stirring the pot, the pot is beginning to boil what with everyone blaming everyone else, soon the knobkerries, pangas, guns and all forms of traditional weapons will come out when the pot boils over and civil war will be upon us.

  • michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-08-27 09:37

    I am definitely not partial to COSATU but if they can shut that yapping fatboy juju up permanently, I will be eternally grateful

  • gail.welman - 2012-08-27 10:41

    Sometimes COSATU gets it right. He is using this for his own agenda.

  • Mahopolo - 2012-08-27 11:52

    To Sdumo wat does that mean?do u mean u r going to kill Malema?Every body knows these splinter unions r a threat to yr fat ass,no more union fees whilist u r geting richer and wat Malema says is the truth and u don want workers to know

  • Mahopolo - 2012-08-27 11:52

    To Sdumo wat does that mean?do u mean u r going to kill Malema?Every body knows these splinter unions r a threat to yr fat ass,no more union fees whilist u r geting richer and wat Malema says is the truth and u don want workers to know

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-27 16:10

    Ok I have to like what this guy is saying.

  • rudzani.m.neluheni - 2012-08-28 23:46

    this more like it

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