Malema, union attending miners' memorial

2012-08-23 10:16

Johannesburg - Suspended ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said he and expelled leader Julius Malema would attend the memorial service on Thursday for the victims of Lonmin mine's Marikana shootings.

Shivambu told the Mail & Guardian Online that he, Malema and suspended ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa would attend the service both as private citizens and as political activists.

"As people involved in lessening the pain of victims of the massacre, we have to be there," he was quoted as saying.

Although the memorial was organised by government, Shivambu said government officials would not be welcome because workers blamed them for the shooting.

"We don't care what they [government officials] are doing. They are responsible for this mess and we are busy fixing it," Shivambu said.

Former president Thabo Mbeki had been invited to the memorial by the expelled and suspended youth league members.

However, Mbeki's spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga told the Mail & Guardian that the former president would not be able to attend.

President Jacob Zuma would also not be attending the service, his spokesperson Mac Maharaj told the publication.

Meanwhile, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) held a memorial service at Implats mine in Rustenburg, an official said.

"It's not a separate memorial service. We are still going to the Lonmin memorial service. It was just because of the number of people who wanted to attend and it's a distance between Implats and Lonmin," said Amcu secretary Jeff Mphahlele.

"Fortunately, management agreed to give us a day off for those workers to attend."

The memorial service at Implats started at 08:00, while the service at Lonmin Platinum mine in Marikana in the North West was scheduled for 11:00.

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-23 10:20

    Political opportunist of note. Why is he there? What can he possibly do or say that will be of any importance to anyone in ANY situation? This fat boy must try to find a REAL job. I, unfortunately do not trust him, so i won't let him work in my garden.

      mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-23 10:31

      arm.witmens - please get a LIFE!!,who are you by the way.You need a water pipe in your ESS!.

      arm.witmens - 2012-08-23 10:37

      @mamparra - I am me of course! And no, I am not a plumber, and if it’s an ASS you are referring too, well, I told you he should get a job but I don’t trust him enough to let him near my plants and rock garden.

      james.bondiski - 2012-08-23 10:46

      hey malema .what a opportunistic prick you are!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-08-23 11:02

      Do these miners really think JuliARSE and foul mouth Shivambu really care about the memorial service, they merely politicizing the situation in order to vent their frustration for their respective suspensions. They merely want to tarnish Zuma's name...wake up idiots...Zuma is doing a perfect job all by himself. Save your energy for the gym.

      rbphiri - 2012-08-23 11:11

      Huston we have a problem, a piece of alien excrement known as mparaya.mokopane, made it through our portal...Please dispatch the men in black to come and eradicate this unintelligent specie...tell them to not use rubber bullets. - 2012-08-23 11:17

      Its not Malema that should be lambasted for making this a political issue. Its the Media. The media love to use "MALEMA" in their headlines because WE love reading about it.

      mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-23 11:29

      Hopefully Malema will fall into a grave and they will cover him with sand. The only problem is that the maggots will climb out of the hole in order to puke

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-23 11:33

      Still trying to stay relevant i see

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-08-23 10:22

    It's a poor shame when you have to exploit situations like this. Anything to get his face in the papers and his voice to be heard. He stands next to these people and yet lives in luxury houses and always has money to spend, and no one seems to know where it comes from. He's such a hypocrit!!

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-23 10:22

    these young few thugs are mad, who the hell are they? to tell the government what to do.

      boyisile - 2012-08-23 10:30

      They told police to move a kilometre away from strikers in Marikana over the weekend and they did. I guess they are more powerful than you can imagine.

      mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-23 10:36

      Another BLACK fool trying to be good to whites by pleasing them,dude you'll always be black so insulting your fellow black people in trying to get points from WHITE will not help.Open your eyes TROLL!!.Who the HELL!! do you think you are?? to tell MALEMA what he can do?'re a small boy.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 10:41

      These young thugs have all the dirt on the old thugs in government that is why they get listened to

      driekus.dekock - 2012-08-23 11:02

      @mparaya. Who are you? Insulting people left and right, black and white. You are just as small as anyone commenting on this page. Yet you see yourself big enough to do so. We gather you are a Malema supporter and it is up to you but respect everyone oppinion, fool.

      lourence.manyama - 2012-08-23 11:16

      @Armwhitens...not cool my brother. Dont insult us like that. "Pap in a tinplate at the back door''....dont u think people like Julius will always exist because of your thinking process.

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-23 11:30

      @mparaya - why is it that whenever another black individual expresses views which differ to yours, you immediately assume that they're trying to please whites? Is no black person allowed to have their own opinion?

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-08-23 12:41

      The government has lost all credibility for representing it's citizens. Don't delude yourself, the biggest thugs are there in parliament. Don't forget those tsotsis you mentioned were part of the broader scheme to defraud South Africans not so long ago.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-23 10:23

    The media is just too obsessed about Malema, it is becoming ridiculous.

      mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-23 10:38

      NO!! you're the one who's too obssessed about Malema,why comment on a story that has his name.If i were you i would refrain from commenting.Does he scare you?.TROLL!

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-23 11:48

      Nice profile pic mamparra. Jissus but you're butt ugly.

      grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-08-23 11:56

      like him or hate him - people want to read about Malema. Look at how many comments there on this forum every time he is in the news.

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-08-23 10:23

    I am so very grateful for Malema. He has single-handedly done what so many before him has tried and failed at : Ripping the ANC apart.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 10:24

    LOL. I still thinks rather funny blaming the government for the killings -- LOl I guess it was a government official that hid in the masses & it was HIM then tahe pulled thr trigger & fired the first shot at the cops? ANCYL - GET OVER YOURSELF!!

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-08-23 10:24

    I notice that Dumb and Dumber are not going to the funeral of the poor Policemen who were hacked to death.

      kooskanmar - 2012-08-23 12:25

      Not enough media coverage I suspect

  • Pulverturm - 2012-08-23 10:28

    Who cares, stop reporting on Malema!

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-08-23 10:31

    I wonder how many people in this block are suffering from anti malema phobia especially the whites who used to exploit the blck desperate society

      jay.reede - 2012-08-23 10:54

      Block ... Bawahhahaha ... so funny !

  • sethole.mangope - 2012-08-23 10:32

    Malema and his crew are just politcal opportunists

      boyisile - 2012-08-23 11:07

      Like all other politicians. They are all trying to score points from this tragedy. DA, COPE, ANC etc.

  • Enki - 2012-08-23 10:34

    Can someone please give them a lead pill which they are so graving for?

      willem.vanwyk.752 - 2012-08-23 11:45

      @Enki - Dude it is ceoming faster than you know it.His name is engraved on a bullet in my safe

      willem.vanwyk.752 - 2012-08-23 11:47

      Oh I forgot.I added mamparra to my list and he will soon get a bullet also with his name on it.Damn hypocrate

      mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-23 12:15

      willem.vanwyk.752 - Hey you BOEREMAG! let's see who die first.

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-23 10:39

    Shivambu said "government officials would not be welcome". And if they arrive, will they be met with spears, axes and live ammunition. I suppose that is not a thread and it is not a warning. Who is he by the way to decide who is and who isn't welcome at a funaral

      xolani.magcayi - 2012-08-23 11:02

      this is not a funeral its a memorial services and those are your future leaders you like it or not

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-23 11:23

      Leaders, they are not!

  • konfab - 2012-08-23 10:41

    What about a memorial for the cops that were killed by these "innocent victims"

  • giftmk - 2012-08-23 10:42

    The last kick of a dying horse. This self proclaimed "king" of South African comedy must find a proper platform to launch his new party. He must stop exploiting the poor miners.

  • klasie.kitshoff - 2012-08-23 10:43

    Now they can sing "umshini wami" and see what happens!

  • logical007 - 2012-08-23 10:47

    There's obviously free food and drink - so Malema will be there!

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-23 10:51

    Of course Juliaaas Dilemma and Floyd Shambolic will attend. But where is redundant Winnie? These are usually her big moments!

  • motseki.moshe - 2012-08-23 10:56

    the road to mangaung has caused havoc in the country,there is no more unity only divions

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-23 10:58

    The sympathizers of white monopoly capital are afraid of Malema addressing the miners. They are afraid of sharing and hearing the truth of blacks achieving their economic freedom in their lifetime! It will happen and their staunch defender Zuma will be removed from power in 2012! The sooner the paranoid neoliberal whites accept the fact that Malema will one day lead this country, the better sleep at night they will have!

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-23 11:03

      It does not matter who leads this country. People that do not get off their arses and make it happen for themselves will always spend their time crying. It is not a black and white matter. Hopefully you will see the light one day!

      jay.reede - 2012-08-23 11:07

      Go and find your economic freedom in Zim ...

      roftyleroux - 2012-08-23 13:01

      You retard. Not every White Man gets a cut from a mine. Probably 1% of all whites get rich from mines. The rest work their asses of for a stable income, so we can spend a relaxing weekend watching rugby, braaing a tjoppie and being left the **** alone by ignorant racists like you with a chip on their shoulder.

  • Pride Mkhwanazi - 2012-08-23 11:00

    Malema is confusing our youth, wen Mbheki was in de leadership, he supported Zuma nd said Mbheki must step down, we were in support of dat, now he want Zuma 2 step down nd says Mbheki was right all along. Ungazosenza abo popeye, u want us 2 support u as ANC youth bt u dont know where ur loyalty lays. Ayi Juju sikhathele huwe. Ur time as s leader has elapse, nika abanye abantwana i chance. Take de back sit nd watch how it's done.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 11:06

      Its not very hard !

      boyisile - 2012-08-23 11:16

      Those are politics. You must not just be a follower but analyse the situation for yourselve. In politics your best friend can become your worst enemy tomorrow. You dont have permanent friends and enemies in politics. The best president we ever had in this country was Thabo Mbeki. He was even better than Mandela. The worst president/s we had in this country in my life time was Botha and Zuma.

  • guyt1 - 2012-08-23 11:09

    Malema and bottom feeder .... same thing

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-23 11:17

    Time for a new Leader and a new Government… everything seems way too suspicious… I mean Zuma himself said that he would step off if they asked him, and now he’s not even attending… that’s going to make things a bit more interesting… almost as if Zuma wants Malema to be in this position to take control… I think we’re all taken for idiots…. These 2 kids have discussed it, and Zuma just can’t wait to step down, he is too scared to attack with words like Malema… and Malema only has one thing going for him… he’s placing the imagine of black people taking everything from the whites because its “Fair”… RACIST!! What about the poor white people back in Apartheid that is still poor today huh?? What you going to say… Sorry that you’re white and poor, but were taking your house…. Just a reminder, if you come to my house and try to take it… I will put my fist so hard through your face your grandmother will feel it…

      boyisile - 2012-08-23 11:56

      Let us hope it does not go there Kruger. We saw what happened in Zimbabwe. Your threats are making me laugh because when it happens you will not have that chance. I genuienly hope it does not happen where in SA.

      stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-23 12:21

      hahaha... Boyisile I get your point, haha.. my threat was supposed to make you laugh as I meant it in a humorous way.. I also hope that South Africa doesn't get there, and the only people thats going to make the difference is US... People have voted for the ANC for years and years, and still everything stayed the same for them... the question is... when are these people going to realize that the ANC doesn't care about their people... only themselves...

  • donovan.delport.9 - 2012-08-23 11:20

    I wonder when the memorial for murdered police officers and security guards will be and who will attend those?

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-23 11:28

    Shame, Messrs Quick Fix Unlimited with Malema as the major shareholder.

  • bontle.kgosi.5 - 2012-08-23 11:33

    Why are we even wasting our time by reading and commenting on this articles? There are way too many importnat things we should be talking about and sharing ideas on, such as 1) How to restore our country to its former glory (2) How to learn tolerance and (3) How to ensure brighter futher for future generation through better education and job creation. I'm sick of this politicial and their wannabes.

      stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-23 11:46

      hahaha... looks like you cant follow your own advice hey.. hahaha

      boyisile - 2012-08-23 12:00

      Bontle, which former glory are you talking about?

      bontle.kgosi.5 - 2012-08-23 16:11

      @ stefan.. :-). @ Boyisile, which one you want me to refer to?

      boyisile - 2012-08-23 16:26

      @Bontle, I want you to educate me about the former glory of this country. I dont remember any glory about SA.

  • solomon.matli - 2012-08-23 11:34

    Lets not use other people's pain for our own gain. This is not a joke, people lost their lives here n settling political scores in this case is foolish. Inviting other people and refusing others is simply irresponsible. Handle your own politics at the right time n place not during this time.

  • morris.khunou - 2012-08-23 11:35

    anrchists of note. taking advantage of a painful and unfortunate situation. illeterecy and ignorance of people exploited to the fullest. or does this situation have something to do with their quest for nationalisation of mines?

  • noel.daniels.58 - 2012-08-23 11:36

    It is sad but true. Julius will more that likely become president of South Africa. Then the thugs will truly take over. At the end of the day it boils down to this simple truth... those that support him do so because they feel that they should take by force what the are too lazy to work for. As for the rest of South Africa... Open your eyes to the fact that he will not go away till we eradicate the mind set that spawned him. Just remember the longer you ignore the true problem the greater his support base will be AFRICA MUST WAKE UP

      boyisile - 2012-08-23 12:06

      We are not lazy Noel. We just want the field to be levelled. You are right in saying we (blacks and whites) must not ignore real problems of SA. We need to create an envirinment where everybody has equal opportunity.

      stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-23 12:28

      I agree that the field needs to be levelled, and quick as-well... every-time I hear about a protest, I imagine living in a shack as those people do, and I imagine the hate that they feel for not getting anything from the government, the people that was put in charge to take care of the people isn't doing their jobs... And the fact that Malema is supporting the Miners is great, but where was he with the education crisis?? He's an opportunist... and through this he's shown that he is only fighting for himself like all the other political leaders...

  • thuphac.mokoena - 2012-08-23 11:45

    During the school books fiasco in Limpopo, Julius was nowhere to be heard. is this because there are not enough millions in books? In his home province, nogal?

  • promise.hlako - 2012-08-23 11:48

    I Think News24 Must just Add Malema24 To Their Portal. it Will Definitly Double Ur Profits!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-23 13:06

    I hope the Sangoma will have the guts to stand up and bless those who got shot. Maybe his muti got thinned out by the time he got around to them. Its a shame when people get used to serve some one else's needs. Its like leading the sheep to the slaughter. These miners were misled from the start. There increases were not even due but they were incited to take up arms by false promises. I hope these souls come back to haunt the very people who sent them to an early grave.

  • bonaqua.delpero - 2012-08-23 13:33

    Floyd what are you fixing...!? Hope you are fixing your teeth...!!!

  • steyn.annemarie - 2012-08-23 20:01

    Time the government charge Malema with high treason. They were quick to charge the Boeremag idiots with a stupid un executable plan and then find them guilty. Malema's actions is worse. He is making the country un governable but that is okay! How do one justify this?

  • letme.suckitbaby - 2012-08-23 20:37

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