Limpopo strikers reject Malema’s 'friend'

2012-03-07 12:54

Polokwane - Cosatu supporters refused to be addressed by a Limpopo ANC representative in Polokwane on Wednesday, calling him a friend of youth league leader Julius Malema.

They said they would not be spoken to by "the ANC of [Premier Cassel] Mathale, and Malema, who are thieves".

This happened as protesters were gathering in the city to march in support of Cosatu's protest against e-tolling and labour brokers.

Most people in the crowd that had gathered in support of Cosatu's protest wore ANC badges and emblems.

SA Students Congress representative Themba Masondo, who was allowed to speak to the marchers, said students would always back workers.

"We say no to modern slavery because if you earn R100, labour brokers give you R30 and they get R70.

Students will always be with workers, and please support us in our campaign for free education. We believe that through education we can earn decent salaries in future when we will be workers," he said.

The crowd was expected to deliver a memorandum to the offices of Absa and Nedbank later on Wednesday.

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  • Xanavin - 2012-03-07 12:57

    Am glad too see Juju is making more enemies than friends. Keep it up Juju. YOU GOING DOWN...............

      Henri - 2012-03-07 13:13


      Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-07 13:20

      Exactly my point Morama, Julius might go down but ANC will rule until DA merge with us.

      Patrick - 2012-03-07 13:54

      If you want to know about a man, ask the people where he grew up about him. He is such a pathetic opportunist. Suddenly he the champion of the Toll saga, when COSATU have been doing all the work. Can't people see through this self serving egotist?

      Christopher - 2012-03-07 21:39

      @steen...I see you getting worried you mentioning DA as a more powerful opposition, we won't merge we will take over.

      Christopher - 2012-03-07 21:41

      Can I mention you a bit dorf? Feeling diplomatic at the moment.

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-08 09:00

      aaawesome! when his followers dry up, so will his chances of maintaining any political influence! DOWN WITH MALEMA!

  • Elle-Black - 2012-03-07 12:58

    People of Limpopo are finally waking up,No to Malema or his associates.

      Morama - 2012-03-07 13:07

      But still supporting ANC!!!

      Henri - 2012-03-07 13:16

      @Morama, sadly but fortunatly in this case, cANCer spreads, wont be long :)

      Nosiphom - 2012-03-07 13:22

      @Marama: Are you implying that the name ANC is synonymous with Juju and vice versa. Wherever people comment about MAlema you insist that the people support the ANC. What do the two have to do with one another ? One is an organisation and the other was amemebr of the ANC?

      Mzwandile - 2012-03-07 13:56

      @Nosiphom, read the article carefully you will understand what Morama is implying.

      Vermie - 2012-03-07 13:56

      You answered your own question. Malema was ANC thus associated with the ANC. As for his comment I think it runs along the lines of Malema was not the only bad apple in the bunch and there are still more left to uncover in the currently ruling party who people still support. Simply getting rid of Malema/not supporting him is not going to fix the non delivery on promises our goverment has had up till now.

      Nosiphom - 2012-03-07 15:12

      Correct Vermi in your analysis - putting it into perspective, I agree with that not with one liners from Morama. The people who are commenting abput Malema here are not neccesarily anti ANC, at least most of them did not say so, but they are definately anti Malema.

      Juan - 2012-03-07 16:07

      There may still be hope for us after all

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-07 13:04

    The idea by the otherside that people have blind & deaf love for this cabal is being laid to rest, Poor people deserve an apology from certain elements in this blog!!!

      Truthis - 2012-03-07 13:21

      Only when they stop voting for the ANC.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-07 13:42

      Who should they vote 4

      Elize - 2012-03-07 14:05

      That is the main problem, there is no other party to vote for, these people were brought up with the ANC just like many of our grandfathers were with the NP, we knew nothing better and there were nothing better.

      Truthis - 2012-03-07 14:08

      @Elize and Cosmos - The NP non longer exist and a vote for anybody else is preferable to a vote for the ANC. The ANC have proven that they are incapable of serving South Africa, time for someone else to try.

      Garth - 2012-03-07 14:33

      @cosmos - they should vote for anyone other than the useless, worthless anc. Only when black South Africa wakes up to the absolute in-utility of this `cabal' shall this country begin to heal itself.

      thozi - 2012-03-08 13:31

      @Truthis Problem is that white S Africans thought their salvation was with the NP only during those days. They refused to look beyond the NP and its policies because they were benefiting exclusively. The ANC Cabal, including our infamous Juju, are reaping the benefits and the poor see them as example of how they also are going to turn out. Problem is, the day they realise what is really happening, nobody will be able to control them. The curent sporadic 'service delivery toyi-toyis' around the country, are just minor examples of things to come. Our fatty-bambo friend, Juju, has already started to lose the 'Oomph'. Watch him closely from now on - before he disappears from the radar...

  • martijnvreugde - 2012-03-07 13:07

    Love it, this is an issue they want taken seriously. Please don't have the friend of the national joke on the stage.

  • GeeWizz - 2012-03-07 13:13

    Labour Brokers are getting stinking rich from your hard earned money as mentioned, labour brokers take 70% of your hourly salary for just hooking you up with the company that is looking for staff.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 13:18

      You have evidence of this, as a company who uses labour brokers I can dispute this...

      Truthis - 2012-03-07 13:22

      How is this different from consultants and accounting firms?

      thapelo.mafu - 2012-03-07 13:31

      @Truthis...The difference is that accounting/consulting firms to perform professional services to firms. They get paid for that.

      Raymond - 2012-03-07 13:48

      As a labour brokering company, I would also love to see your hard facts. What a load of cr@p!

      John - 2012-03-07 13:54

      @Geewizz. Talk is cheap.... where do you get this figure from?? A striking student who's never work a day in his life, quote "stats" ad-lib out of his head...

      Truthis - 2012-03-07 14:10

      A labor broker also performs a professional service. I am a consultant I get paid a small fraction of what the client pays for my time. A labor brokerage saves the company from the hassle of finding temps at short notice and all the that not a professional service?

      Christopher - 2012-03-07 21:46

      Why should you even have labour brokers, they steel money from the employees...So what percentage "pointblank" of your employees salary goes to labour brokers...I am sure it does not come from your salary...

      Christopher - 2012-03-07 21:48

      Can I call you a sod Pointbalnk as you did to me? Being diplomatic and all...

      Sarel van Deventer - 2012-03-08 07:35

      dis dalk nie 70 persent nie maar dit is baie, ek het vir shatterproof gewerk deer labour brokers en ons het soos 300 rand n week gekry wa hulle vasgestelde mense 800 rand n week gekry het. En toe ons kla toe word da gese as ons nie happy is nie mut ons gan. toe vertel die vrou wat langs ons bly(hoof van hr) hulle betaal ons baja meer as dit. Glo 650 rand. so hulle vat oor die 50percent. Dis bleddie belaglik.

      Sarel van Deventer - 2012-03-08 07:35

      dis dalk nie 70 persent nie maar dit is baie, ek het vir shatterproof gewerk deer labour brokers en ons het soos 300 rand n week gekry wa hulle vasgestelde mense 800 rand n week gekry het. En toe ons kla toe word da gese as ons nie happy is nie mut ons gan. toe vertel die vrou wat langs ons bly(hoof van hr) hulle betaal ons baja meer as dit. Glo 650 rand. so hulle vat oor die 50percent. Dis bleddie belaglik.

  • Warren - 2012-03-07 13:18

    this article made my day :)

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-07 13:21

    really starting to like these guys...

  • Thoka - 2012-03-07 13:25

    Thobela, We need ANC that shall serve people not feed minority bellys with expensive whiskey and prawns.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-07 13:27

    the people of Limpopo have 1st hand experience with JM & his pals, they know how he & his band of thieves have taken the food from their tables.

      Cynthia - 2012-03-08 11:37

      Surely if his home town people hate Mal-emma, why can't his "supporters" see him in the same light? Perhaps he is paying them or making promises that he knows he will never be able to keep. LOL.

  • PB - 2012-03-07 13:30

    Free Education is all good and well, but I think there should be conditions attached to it. 1. Unless the child attend a minimum of 90% of all his classes, he will not be allowed to write exams. If he does not fulfill this, schoolfees to be paid for the repeated year (that were wasted on him the previous year) would be compulsory. 2. Instead of merrily passing kids through the school system with redicilously low marks, go back to having realistic expectations. Someone who are unable to get to grips with the schoolwork of Gr 4, will not be able to do the next grade's work. Unless the groundwork of all the grades are there, the student will NOT be able to handle the workload of university studies AND THAT IS A FACT. 3. Unless the student attend at least 80% of all his classes and pass WITH A REALISTIC PASS RATE, he will NOT automatically be allowed to carry on to the next year. THE REPEATED YEAR WILL THEN NOT BE FREE. This way,everyone can win - we will get matriculants who are actually EDUCATED, not just matriculated. Students will then have to take their studies more serious than their social life with less money wasted on drunken arsonists who trash everyting in sight. I for one would be happy to accept having taxmoney flowing that way.

      John - 2012-03-07 13:57

      I agree with your sentiments.... but what do we do about those teachers who never in their classes... and of course the quality of education and low standards

      Marion - 2012-03-07 14:11

      I agree with you that this thing of not being allowed to fail kids in the lower grades is totally unacceptable. Fail them at that level and hopefully by the time they reach matric they will have benefited from the groundwork laid in primary school.

  • LekkePerd - 2012-03-07 13:46

    Hey boys i agree, JUJU is a Fat Thief, so glad i can agree with some black poeple

  • Ntokozo V Zwane - 2012-03-07 14:00

    Not to sound negative but free education is a fallacy, tel me what is the pass rate of free schools? Who mantains the school with no financial assistance from fees? From what ive seen, free education comes with a hefty price. People have an unproductive atitude in these situations. How does not paying for education and eventualy getting paid make any sense? Instead of \free for all\ education, do what most 'model c' public schools do and allow free education for certain special cases.

  • Ashley - 2012-03-07 14:25

    In my opinion, coming from the construction industry, labour brokers play an effective part when it comes to short term contracts, especially if the demand is huge and there is a need of huge amounts of labour for short periods. Can you imagine signing contracts with each employee for 1 week? the labour brokers are the middle man, who comes in handy in these situations!

  • Elizabeth - 2012-03-07 15:58

    at last the light has been switched on ...

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-07 16:32

    LIMPOPO HAS WOKEN UP....AND SEEN MALEMA FOR WHAT HE IS...HE ROBBED THEIR PROVINCE WITH HIS TENDERS...AND POOR WORKMANSHIP...THEY WILL NEVER FORGIVE HIM.Maybe Malema should put in for tenders in Gauteng...and repeat what he did in Limpopo.....we might get the youth then waking up in this province, when they realise he robbed their province too.

  • acsteyn - 2012-03-07 16:49

    Read this story: All our South African thieving politicians find themselves in very distinguished company:Just exactly what did taxpayers spend to send Michelle Obama on vacation to Spain in 2010?The action has been brought by Judicial WatchThe legal action was launched after a Freedom of Information Act request was filed for the answer and the government did not respond. The action seeks to find out what the costs for the trip and whether there was “any indication of official business conducted by Mrs. Obama while she was in the country.” “This administration, as a supposed steward of taxpayer dollars, has an obligation to disclose the full costs of the Obama family’s luxury trip,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. On the trip to South Africa, the president’s two daughters were listed as “Senior Staff” on the manifest. At one point she instructed the Air Force to provide chocolate-covered strawberries for a snack, since it was her birthday. “Dark chocolate preferred” was the order. “Branding her ‘disgusting’ and ‘a vacation junkie,’ [reports] say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol,” the London paper said. The report said Michelle Obama also took vacations to Vail, Colo., Martha’s Vineyard and other places.

  • samuel.maleka - 2012-03-07 18:12

    what a bunch of lunatics

  • tony.hannan3 - 2012-03-07 18:44

    I have first hand experience when It comes to labour brokers. When I lost my business and everything else in 2006 I had no other choice but to except the first job I could get. This was unfortunately through a labour broker. I was offered R42.00 an hour which I accepted as it was a matter of survival. I had been working for them for 3 months when I found out that they were receiving R85.00 an hour for my services. What really grated me was the fact that they took R1.00 more than what I was getting for doing nothing. Please note I am a Qualified Artisan with a diploma. The broker who organised me the job had a standard 8. He openly admitted this to my face and told me, " It's not what you know, it is who you know!" There are people in the factory I work who get paid R10.00 an hour while the labour broker is pocketing R30.00 an hour. What amazes me about Juju and Ancyl is that Julius Malema is in his thirties,he is no longer a youth and approaching middle age. The moment you turn 21 years of age you cease to be a youth. WTF? I have luckily since then found decent employment, without the "help" of a labour broker. My heart goes out to those that are still bearing the yoke of modern day slavery. POWER TO THE PEOPLE. AMANDLA AWETHU!

      PB - 2012-03-08 08:32

      Tony, like most of South Africans, I wasn't aware of the level of exploitation by labour brokers. But I still think if it wasn't for the unrealistic labour laws, the brokers would not have such a easy time coining it. To make for a win-win situation, the labour laws should be relaxed and the brokers' commission must be regulated.

  • Rui - 2012-03-07 19:39

    I only can say that a new aged knowledge bornned and from these times on, anything in South Africa wil be the same. Please, people form S.A. be awear of the consquenses that a civil war would bring to all of us, for you especialy who lives on that ground. I hope that inteligence will take place instead violence, and it is all. r.c.

  • robbieyahu - 2012-03-07 20:07

    i for one am very proud of the limpopo people rejecting malema .... it isnt an easy thing to do, specially here in our province ...the home of malema shows that the youth and others are not as stupid as people tend to make out WELL DONE POLOKWANE !!!!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-08 05:13

    at last some of them see!!!! Now for all Malema's supportters to see he is a criminal, not a leader, not someone who is gonna lead them into a better life, he will lead their money into his bank account and leave you starving whilst he eats up everything. Finally the eyes see!!!And now they standing up!!! Its a proud day in South Africa, the people are taking their country back!!!! Are you gonna be one of the freedom fighters to over power this pathetic government and party that leads us...

  • Cristina - 2012-03-08 07:04

    There just still might be hope for this country...fingers crossed!!

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-03-08 07:57

    Malema this, Malema that... Cant wait to see him in an orange uniform. This strike has sent a strong message to the arrogant ANC. None moreso than the dislikable spin doctor Jimmy Manyi. After the Budget speech he came out guns blazing saying more or less "You have no choice, Gvt has decided, get tagged or we will arrest you" Uyadelela! Just heard him on SAFM eating humble pie, sounding all concilliatory. But Manyi being manure, he had to set off on the journalist. Nx!

  • Hein Helmand - 2012-03-08 09:19

    Car gaurds are also contract workers,they get a small % of days takings

  • Mzamo - 2012-03-08 11:05

    Malema in Limpopo is what Free State Premier is in Free state. We are tired, but atleast people are starting to show sings.

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-08 11:38

    When are we going to get some peace from the King of Trolls.

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