Malema to visit striking miners

2012-08-17 22:16

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is expected to address striking workers at Lonmin's Marikana mine on Saturday.

Suspended league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu confirmed Malema would be at the mine at 11am on Saturday.

Shivambu visited the workers on Friday.

"The workers are determined to fight on. There is no talk of retreating, they are determined," he said.

Meanwhile, the ANCYL said the violence that erupted at Lonmin's Marikana mine had been long in the making.

"The signs were loud and clear for all to see during the Impala tragedy," it said in a statement.

"We refused to see them, we were happy to accept then, as we did now, that the problem is and was trade union rivalry."

The league said an exploitative mining regime, capitalist greed, and poverty were to blame.

It also condemned the use of live ammunition in public order policing.

"[We] call on Minister [Nathi] Mthethwa to conduct a full investigation to explain to South Africans how it is that police turned on our people and killed them, when the right to life is paramount."

A total of 34 people were killed in a shootout that erupted near the mine on Thursday when police tried to disperse striking miners.

More than 78 people were injured.

Another 10 people had by then been killed in the violent protests at the mine over the past week.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over recognition agreements at the mine.

Workers also wanted higher wages.

  • themba.maseko.568 - 2012-08-17 22:40

    Just looking for political points. He may be even to blame for making the miners demand excessive salaries that do not make business sense. He is one man who has made miners think they own these mines!!!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-17 22:47

    Further investigations has confirmed that 30 knop kieries,5 guns 13 axes and a used condom was found at the scene. Police are not sure who it belonged to.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-17 23:33

      Well we can rule out Zuma for the used condom. He was out the country. Where is,, he shouldve been here trying to defuse the situation. Now that's its a politicle mess, Mr Zuma is avialible for comment. And that mean's, we will probe!!!! Come on, really,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-17 23:44

      That was the condom for.... The PROBE

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-17 23:57

      Har har!!!!!

      mario.polanski.3 - 2012-08-18 19:46

      Spiderman Malema, SUPER HERO of the black oppressed, is back hanging upside down from his perch, intently breaking open sunflower seeds

  • christiaan.oosthuizen.568 - 2012-08-17 22:52

    add fuel to the Fire

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-17 23:31

      Absolutely! Julius is only going there to light the keg that the whole country is currently sitting on. He is well known for his short fuse.....

      vuyo.ntsinde.7 - 2012-08-18 10:16

      Zuma was doing the same before becoming the president . This lead to the palace coup against Mbeki .

      eon.rareearth - 2012-08-19 19:05

      Appears Malema is grooming himself to be a populist leader of SA. This one however is a failed woodwork student. Maybe time to start moving assets offshore, before economic collapse of SA becomes a reality.

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-08-17 22:54

    U bledi Agent !! Please show respect and Keep u mouth. Thank u

      mario.polanski.3 - 2012-08-18 20:21

      I am completely personally enraged at the brutal, inhumane manner that innocent, peace loving miners on an illegal wildcat strike, were callously shot down. The country needs a monument erected to this tragic event, so it can be recorded in history, and reverently remembered by all.

  • pietertjie.pompies - 2012-08-17 23:18


      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-18 10:33

      People Opposing Economic Sustainability or in short P.O.E.S.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-17 23:24

    You are one day too late,

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-17 23:36

    What has any of this got to do with ol' Pork Chop? Voetsek Juliearse! Hamba!

  • fox.trooper.5 - 2012-08-17 23:43

    More violence will erupt after his visit!!

  • rlong1952 - 2012-08-17 23:51

    Why are we still hearing about and from this doorknob? He is no longer part of the ANCYL, so why give him the time of day?

      piet.matshipa - 2012-08-18 02:33

      This is not about ANC but the lost of ppl s life stupid .u don't hv to b ANCYL to hv platform to adress ppl.

      rlong1952 - 2012-08-18 08:36

      Piet you may think I am stupid, but he is trying to gain brownie points, he has no political clout anymore so why does he want to address them? I suggest it is because he wants to get back into the ANC when Zoooma gets the boot. It has nothing to do with him caring, never has cared, never will care and his supporters are too stupid to see that he is just using them. Oh well, good luck to them, they are going to need it.

  • johan.vanheerden.12 - 2012-08-18 00:04

    He will tell them to never give up! Fight for your rights! Demand more! Think more sh*t up and demand it! Then he'll run and hide. Poor sheep

  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-08-18 00:04


  • juicecard.tshaka - 2012-08-18 00:20

    In what capacity? People should be wary of oportunists who use them for their selfish means

      piet.matshipa - 2012-08-18 02:29

      In his capacity as mzanzi s citizen who is also affected n concern by this killing of ppl

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-08-18 00:22

    He is an opportunist,why was he quiet for so long and now wants to gain cheap political scores by talking (trust me) original crap

  • lientjiew - 2012-08-18 00:48

    Poverty 2 blame . Stop having 10 kids and 7 wife's. Greed .? How many of the mine shares belong 2 u Malema. U r the biggest capitalist . God have mercy. Je so waka....

      Armand - 2012-08-18 10:51

      @Ethel. To many mouths to feed, not being able to pay for your ten children's education. Your ten children that can't get a decent job and end up working in the mine for a basic salary and then living in poverty has everything to do with it my dear

  • gerhard.swart.399 - 2012-08-18 00:57

    I tend to measure a man on his legacy. This is Mandela and his ANC's legacy...

  • Colleen Jacobs - 2012-08-18 01:17

    Can the media stop reporting on him! He is no longer a political figure, so reporting on what he is, or is not, doing is of no relevance! Treat him as the person he is, a normal citizen, who deserves no media hype every time he says something!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-18 01:24

    Wish he was there before the SAPS retaliation!

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-18 08:36

      Leading the charge, and with any luck.........

  • MoshKaDeph - 2012-08-18 04:09

    Now they come forward as if they care. It was political words \shoot to kill\ now they blame striking miners. If this was going on for a weeks and already people were killed why not bringing you own weapon?

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-18 11:11

      yea like the books in Limpopo, where they arrived late looking for some political points, same thing here

  • AMOTOSO - 2012-08-18 04:12

    Where was he, lets hop he s not going to replace the dead as a miner, cheap politics

  • ignatius.ntwampe - 2012-08-18 05:29

    What a cheap \r\npolitics, just forget it.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-08-18 05:41

    And a pow-pow will hit a fan. Hahaha. Joker on the way.

  • unlimited.A - 2012-08-18 06:08

    the thing I like is that he does not give up... Not for the position though but for our country nd ppls doesn't see it...Now that he's not under anyone's party he's wateva u feel like bout him u can't stop him viva comrade Julius...

      rivalani.mabasa - 2012-08-18 07:07

      Unlimited A seconded! This time the sky will be the only limit to The young and gifted JulMal!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 06:16

    The Breitling you wear on your left wrist will proberly cover ten miners salary for a year. stay in your hole,, you big bald headed bafoon.......we don't need you.

      unlimited.A - 2012-08-18 06:20

      u are not a miner...we need him...?

      unlimited.A - 2012-08-18 06:20

      u are not a miner...we need him...?

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 06:29

      100% correct. I'm not a miner. But that doesn't change the fact the he is a bald headed bafoon.

      unlimited.A - 2012-08-18 06:36

      Well don't go on saying \WE\ \r\n\r\ncoz u don't know how it feels nd u may call him wateva coz he's black we're used to that...

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 06:40

      If he was purple with green spots, I would say the same thing. Don't bring race into this.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-18 07:24

      Who are you trying to fool? Yourself? I have read many of your posts and you are racist to the core. Still, good to have your ancient racist opinions on this forum to bring some diversity.

      gopolang.seikaneng - 2012-08-18 07:33

      jason, better reserve your stupid racist opinions, atleast we miners need him. and his presence will make a difference, so shut up !

      unlimited.A - 2012-08-18 07:35

      I am not Racists im just being realistic....I can't pretend even when i se crocodile's smile...

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 08:03

      Now boy's calm down. Did we forget to take our anti angry pills this morning???? Firstly vernon,, you don't know me from a bar of soap. So your opion means jack sh@t to me. Secondly, your comment is just about as racist as it gets. Unfortunately I don't read your stupid comments so I can't comment on that. My opinion was that the big bald headed bafoon will lead your type in a racial spiral downhill. Its all about power hungry, money wieldind might. So follow your headless leader. And trust me, I will be looking out for your post's.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 08:24

      Gapolang. Firstly the name is Jayson. Secondly. You sit there and call me a stupid racist???? Do you know me. Do you know what I stand for?? No you don't. So as is with vernon, your opinion means jack sh@t to me. I am far from a racist and your arm chair opinions dont faze me one bit. People with big chips on there shoulders will always be quick to point the fingers. So why don't YOU shut up.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 08:35

      One more thing. If I don't like malema and his hatred. That does not make me a racist. It make me open minded. Smell the coffee boys.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-18 08:56

      You are the angry one jason. I suggest that you calm down. Bottom line is that if you post stupid comments, you should not be surprised to have people criticise. If you are going to take all comments personally, then you should not air your comments in public. I am not trying to chamge your views in any way. I am aware that a racist will never change its spots. I usually ignore your posts, but sometimes I feel the need to challenge stupidity.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 09:07

      Hey vermon, they say stupidity is in the eye of the beholder. But vermon you obviously can't see that. Please don't sit there and call me a racist. You vermon are the racist. Suck it up and go stick your head in a hole,,,,Dooshbag.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-18 09:19

      Glad that you are advancing the argument with comments that cannot be called immature and puerile. Name-calling is the height of argumentative sophistication. By the way, that was sarcasm. Not sure whether racists understand the concept :-)

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 10:01

      Hey vermon. You sound just like my ex-wife. I can't stand her.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-18 10:24

      Maybe she saw the racist in you and left?

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-18 10:59

      Oh yes vermon. Let's go to high school tacticts. You are a kid and should show respect, I wish I could just grab you.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-08-18 11:41

      Now-now jason. I am not that way inclined. So you like grabbing little boys then?

  • michael.moolman.7 - 2012-08-18 06:38

    Let loose the hounds of hell!

  • White.Tiger.Diamond.Paw - 2012-08-18 06:41

    Why does Malema still make the news? Clearly to undermine the President of South Africa the media sees it fit to give him a platform.

      Erna - 2012-08-18 07:32

      Maybe zuma decided to cut his SADC meeting short when he heard that malema was going there on Saturday?! Wouldn't look good otherwise.

  • babah.nyandu - 2012-08-18 06:42

    Bloody opportunist. Exploiting the situation in order to fulfil his political interest.

  • duane.low - 2012-08-18 06:43

    when will the poor stupid black african see that his "comrades" are more interested in the money they make than helping the general masses?? typical bush like mentality to come to a gun fight with a knife!! this was not white on black it is right on stupid!! i am all for being equal but that will only happen when the black votes with his eyes open and not his skin color with a free meal at the polling station?? dont feed me for the day , let me feed myself for the year!!

      june.april.148 - 2012-08-18 09:01

      Run it into the ground yes

      michael.maluleke.14 - 2012-08-18 10:28

      BAAS DUAN LOW, WHAT ARE YOU CLEVER RICH WHITE SETTLERS, what are interested in south africa to make people your slave ? Time for white only is gone even the toilet wrote 'white only' you were releasing kokies not sh**t.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-08-18 06:48

    It's a shame the hyenas want to scavenge on this unfortunate situation. No wonder funerals are now used as political rallies.

      douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-18 07:02

      Winnnie always goes to funerals

  • jacob.molife - 2012-08-18 07:00

    @gandanga.tororo . You old vulture. Yes you had yo fill. What with 40 bodies you want some more. Why do u want SA to bleed? Agent of anarchy!!!!!!!!

  • Ilse van Tonder - 2012-08-18 07:17

    Knowing this I'm sure we will all sleep much better - he is the epiphany of true leadership and calming the crowds...

  • muzi.myeni - 2012-08-18 07:37

    People's lives hav bin lost, opportunistic juju sees the 'gap' 2 gain political mileage and resascitate his fading political career. Makes me sick!!!!!

  • hettie.potgieter - 2012-08-18 07:41

    Isn't Malema suppose to sit on his farm and ploug his ground?

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-08-18 07:43

    He is responsible for all of this. He is the one that telll the people the "people" should own the mines and the countries riches. Let him take responsability for his actions. These people are demanding 3 times their salaries where mines are already scaling down and reterenching people. If the mine closes down who will pay them then Malema ?

      michael.maluleke.14 - 2012-08-18 10:15

      What a joke , richard didn't you see police shoting to the people why you say malema is countable. The issue of jobs take those jobs back to england with you and do mining there . Not to kill poor people in their land and pay them 4000 because black are slaves for baas.

  • lmcbirth - 2012-08-18 07:44

    my heart is broken becuz of what I sow right here in marikana.our brothers,husbie,sons nd fathers wer killd by thos whom we putted our trust anto em.plz jstce need to be done very rushly to prevnt an other damage.ANCYL*I hope it's going to take us sme where

      Abram Mashego - 2012-08-18 08:37

      this boy and his crew are going 2 cause more confusion cos they only think of themselves and 2 campaign 4 their come back and this is not the rite time and place

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-18 09:40

      Justice was served

  • Teuneman - 2012-08-18 07:45

    Can he get cauhgt in a \cross fire\ between the police and those terrorists?

  • michael.l.dua - 2012-08-18 07:58

    Where were all the big mouths when the strife started and the nonsense began -- probably back at home watching it unfold on the telly with Jack Daniels and crew safe from the pangas and spears... Cowards one and all I have plenty white feathers in my duvet which i will gladly make available.. To the brave men and women of the SAPS I salute you

  • Bokrichard - 2012-08-18 08:04

    Now don't waaarry. He is a one touch spark in the pan. He will sort them out chop chop.

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-08-18 08:08

    Why Malema, who does he represent? This is so wrong to allow him to speak!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-18 08:18

    \[We] call on Minister [Nathi] Mthethwa to conduct a full investigation to explain to South Africans how it is that police turned on our people and killed them, when the right to life is paramount.\\r\nWhat about the lives of the 10 people they killed?!?

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-18 09:29

      What about the police's own lives?

  • mello.thebehali - 2012-08-18 08:26

    What is this domkop going to say now? He's going to confuse the poor mine worker's wives

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-18 11:48

      They are already totally confused by the lies fed to them by the unions & now opportunist king (also known as Cut & paste king, or comrade condom) is going to incite more hatred & violence in an already volatile situation. Winnie Mandela must be proud of the monster she has created. It wont be long before the ANC will be forced to arrest this demagogue on charges of treason & incitement to committing murder & violence. They let this situation happen, now they have to deal with this dangerous snake.

  • sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-08-18 08:28

    Dont fool yourselves, South Africa, this terrible tragedy at the mine , in my opinion, is all political, I wouldnt be suprised if Malema and friends were involved in their bid to Nationalize the mines. Next the victims will be called heros fighting for freedom.Say No to Nationalization. It happened in England and failed.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-18 11:52

      it is without a doubt political, Malema is behind this whole thing along with Winnie Mandela & a few others that are plotting to overthrow the ANC government, he is trying to start a revolution like Tunisia, he is most definitely the main cause of the violence & he will continue with this rhetoric.

  • janzanele - 2012-08-18 08:31

    moron Malema he saw an opportunity to Zuma,yet himself failed us as youth,what he cares about was to enrich himself,now is trying to ressurect his political career.shame on your granny for not teaching you to respect the elders.if you think you are bigger than the organasation think again you won't make it this time

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-18 11:59

      I hope you are right janzanele, watch out this snake is dangerous & he is trying to overthrow the government.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-08-18 08:33

    I saw it coming! Where the hell whre u when armed miners killed 10pple including police nm guards? Pliz police shoot ths opportunistic doomkop also

  • krish.reddy.104 - 2012-08-18 08:34

    Consider the following...... A few weeks ago Malema and his cohorts entered the mine . Suddenly some of the miners were singing Malema's praises. Where has this figure of 12500-00 a month come from ?????????? Who manufactures these placards ????????? Wives of miners demonstrate demandiong a salary of 12500-00 Are they really the wives of miners or were they hired ????? Whose idea is this to bring on the wives of miners ? Are the Media involved in aiding add abetting the pepetrators????? Hoping all will be revealed at the enquiry.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-18 12:39

      The figure of R 12500 comes from Malema, he started this, it was a planned attack on both the mine & the Zuma administration, they didnt want to negotiate, they were used by Malema to try and start a war with the Zuma Government. In the one corner you have Winnie Mandela, Malema & AMCU, in the other corner you have the ANC Govt lead by Zuma and Cosatu (NUM), in the middle you have the poor brainwashed miners & the police.

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2012-08-18 08:36

    Julius go home, you are going to excite the workers and more will die ,

  • charles.kubhayi.9 - 2012-08-18 08:42

    This is a very serious matter to be delt with decisively without any narrow political gains to be adopted by factions within the ANC.

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-08-18 08:47

    Hopefully the police will act forcefully again at 11 o Clock. Any increase in tension should be severely dealt with.

  • elias.b.molomo - 2012-08-18 09:19

    Malema still u gonna cause havoc go back to seshego and attend parties, officials r busy wth that matter, no political issues r needed there pls don't confuse the poor ppl who lost luv 1ns.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-18 09:22

    What happened to the Freedom Charter now.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-18 09:38

      F the freedom charter. Law and order comes first, and please bring back the death penalty as well.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-18 09:35

    Where's his beret and Raymond Weil wristwatch?

      Shonisani - 2012-08-18 10:30

      U lost it,its not all about beret and wristwatch. Its about the vist or do you want to show the entire word how uninterligent are you.