Reject Malema's hogwash, workers urged

2012-09-11 22:15

Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday appealed to miners to reject expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema's "hogwash" and return to work.

"Thousands of miners stand to lose their jobs due to irresponsible comments by Malema and his ilk," spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.

Speaking to striking workers at Gold Fields' Driefontein mine outside Carletonville, on Tuesday, Malema called on all workers to strike.

"There must be a national strike at all the mines until Frans Baleni and the NUM leadership step down with immediate effect," Malema told the workers.

Baleni is the union's secretary-general.

The union said Malema's statement was "irresponsible".

"His call on workers to embark on illegal strikes is totally irresponsible and childish.

"We condemn his attack on NUM leadership and the behaviour of taking advantage of vulnerable people to score cheap political points."

Seshoka said it was "fallacious" for Malema to claim that Baleni owned shares in the mining sector, or that he received money from mining houses.

"The claim that Baleni sits on boards of mining houses is untrue. We will investigate all these claims and take appropriate legal action."

The mine employed around 15 000 people, and 80%of them belonged to NUM.

Among their demands, handed in the previous day, was that the NUM leadership at their branch be replaced.

A group of up to 1 500 workers, who were NUM members, brought their grievances directly to management.

"They are doing this outside of the formal NUM structures," company spokesperson Sven Lunsche said.

At the same time, the union's regional leaders were at the mine trying to resolve the situation. They held meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

Lunsche said a similar scenario had played out at KDC East mine last week. A demand there was also that the NUM branch leadership be removed.

That was resolved after intervention by NUM, and workers returned to their posts.

  • madulla.nkosi - 2012-09-11 22:41

    Fat.... Fatter.... Malema!

      tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-12 20:39

      Q: What do Malema & Tiger Woods have in common? A: They are both trying to screw everybody!

  • tobydt - 2012-09-11 22:49

    Strange how people only realise now how corrupt the unions are :P Love it, the ruling party is falling apart. The tripartheid alliance is falling apart. The second coming is drawing closer.

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-09-12 05:37

      Maybe the second coming is nigh, but Armageddon will come first and I would rather not be here when that happens.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-09-12 07:32

      We are wasting our energy in hoping that they wil fall apart. These guys will still vote anc in the next elections.They are too scared to vote otherwise.

  • rink.hals.1 - 2012-09-11 22:56

    Illegally striking gives the employer the advantage, which in most cases will lead to dismissal. Well done Malema, you might have cost these people their job. This is just a stage for him to take advantage of the press to further his own goals.

  • eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-09-11 22:57

    And now the ANC can see first hand what they sow is what they reap. They didnt believe it when they were warned Malema is going to run this country down. If I recall correct their response to Malema's statements were something along the lines of "Malema is a great leader...blah, blah, blah...but he is still young and needs to be taught blah, blah, blah". All I can say now is LEKERRRRR ANC. Hope this teaches you a lesson now. Get rid of that useless youth league. All that they have done is caused trouble.

      johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-12 03:26

      Eugene U spot on my brother,This is what our president once said the other day `iN JULIUS MALEMA we are grooming our future leader`I doubt if our President still remember this words ,Julius is calling on all mines in this country to strike for 5 days of every week Tyoooo M so scared I doubt in the Next 2 to 3 years most of this moners will be sitting uncomfortably at home without Jobs,I'm appealing to my dear Brother N sisters in the mines whatever What you demand from your Bosses PLEASE do so in a manner in which You won't gamble with Your JOBS

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-09-11 23:14

    and the rabid dogs run free..................

  • cecil.currie - 2012-09-11 23:20

    Like it or not. JuJu has a following, if only because of the lack of leadership, however he steps into his role quite comfortably. Do not write him off as he has lots of influence, particularly in the labour movements where COSATU and it's affiliates have become like a chicken without its head

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-09-12 05:39

      Yes, he is a rabble rouser, and yes he has lots of influence, evil influence.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-11 23:23

    Malema is a product of poor post '94 ANC recruitment. A product of the poor political education of the ANC. A product of the factional ANC. Nonetheless he is the product of my ANC, he epitomises what you shouldnt be in this dynamic organisation we have. The chickens are really on their way home.....organisational renewal is the most important document that must be endorsed and implemented post Mangaung. Malema is a product of us......we made him to be what he is.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-09-12 07:36

      We all make mistakes as we are all human(hopefully), but the wise learn from their mistakes.What has the anc learnt from theirs?

  • joseph.maluleka.18 - 2012-09-11 23:52

    The Marikana issue has exposed NUM as a useless union who do not serve the interest of the people they claim to represent. Miners must quite this union.

  • anje.duplessis.9 - 2012-09-12 00:15

    Julias Malema will destroy this country.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-09-12 07:37

      He already has.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-12 01:13

    julius wants to own a jokes....aka he wants to be white.....

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-12 01:33

    And the ANC thought by throwing Malema the oinker out he would shut up and die !! How refreshing..he's doing us all a favour by single handedly destroying the inept ANC troika !! keep up the good work Juliass you f*cking pig !!

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-09-12 02:42

    Normally I have a feeling or theory on important matters but here I'm at a loss: Will the mines close down? Doubt it. Will the ANC nationlise the mines? Could do but in a very short time they will end up like Auara. Could the mines be sold to the Chinese? Mhhh. Could happen and when the chinks bring in their own workers all SA mine workers are out of a job. Will the mines give in to the workers demands for a salary of R12500? If they do it will spark off wage demands by all workers in SA and our struggling economy will be even worse off. No, I'm not confident. BTW when I arrived in SA in 1982 I was was paid R1200 a month gross. I had to support a wife and 3 kids, pay off a car and pay my bond. If mine workers insist they need R12500 to survive it shows you what inflation has done to the country. Looking at the photo of Ju-Ju I'd say he getting fatter by the day.

  • janzanele - 2012-09-12 03:58

    the is no different between malema and the miner, they both illitrates.if he fails woodwork how he knows politics,I still say arrested for igniting miners with his stupid nationalisation

  • Michael - 2012-09-12 04:25

    Of course miners are being misled, how can a reasonable man cancel funeral scheme, Malema is well covered, but these folkes need that funeral cover for their families. This guy Malema is dengerous!

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-09-12 05:53

      Yes, like playing with matches in a dynamite factory. But Malema is encouraging others to hold the matches so as to be sure that he will survive to incite more violence.

  • howard.komati - 2012-09-12 05:04

    Gradually those who are using Nepotism

  • Matlala - 2012-09-12 05:13

    Afri Forum has opened a case of incitement in the mining industry against Malema. My question now is how far is the law enforcement ready to have Malema defend himself? We are sick and tired of the boy' inflammatory speeches.

      chule.qalase - 2012-09-12 06:51

      Why don't you go do it yourself?if you are fed up of something you act, you don't whine and expect someone to do it for you.

  • mpho.gwala - 2012-09-12 05:24

    I've always wondered how these "Leaders" expect their supporters to understand their higher grade English that they use at their speeches. Theses

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-09-12 05:37

    MALEMA the MINDLESS BULDOZER and MASTER DESTROYER (with the reasoning of a sick rat)destroys our country!!

  • - 2012-09-12 05:54

    Juju is a typical political vulture. Always circling high up for opportunities to feed, never killing prey himself, always scavenging for political opportunities. The Marikana tragedy has given him a new platform and instead of consoling the bereaved, he has callously changed it into a political circus to fight the ANC leadership that rightly expelled him. No wonder he shaves his head, coz vultures are mostly bald.

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-09-12 06:03

    Hhhmmm.... Malema...jou karnallie. Jy krap in die ouens se slaai! Like we used to do on the school play grounds shout "FIGHT; FIGHT"

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-09-12 06:03

    Hhhmmm.... Malema...jou karnallie. Jy krap in die ouens se slaai! Like we used to do on the school play grounds shout "FIGHT; FIGHT"

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-12 06:10

    Let the Morons follow fatboy's lead so they can end up unemployed, and show up the idiot for what he really is. Anyone who follows fatboy deserves what they get.

  • paddy.nolan.14 - 2012-09-12 06:26

    Silly sods........they will easily ALL be replaced in a week.

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-09-12 06:26

    Many workers no longer trust this Union leaders, and that is not only on the mines. We have seen many of this leader became HR Officers of this companies. Today its no longer about workers rights, for this leader its about how can one fight the company so as to be notice by the management and be absorbed into the HR department of that company.

  • thembapat.mthini - 2012-09-12 06:31

    It's time for the miners to wake up and stop listening to Malema cause he is misleading them. The leadership is also needed there, right now every one is speaking on behalf of others. If the company gives all them the R12500 then we must expect retrenchments as well.

  • William Teixeira - 2012-09-12 06:48

    The sad reality is that at the end of the day the real losers in this saga will be the mine workers them self's. Malema might as well paint a big target on his forehead because he is not only burning his political bridges but also creating some powerful enemies.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-12 06:55

    Juju takes on the anc, num etc. Anc powerless to stop him? Miners will lose pay because of his call, he will lose nothing. The little fat pedi boy takes on the king zulu. Snakes, rats and cockroaches. Someone is going to die here, this is a bigger game than he realizes.

      William Teixeira - 2012-09-12 06:58

      My thoughts exactly Douglas!

  • Witty Dot - 2012-09-12 07:06

    if those mine workers can loss their job, would Malema provide for their families. at these pointing time it's about individual

  • phillip.mogokonyane.5 - 2012-09-12 07:08

    juju, juju, juju!

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-09-12 07:29

    Juju not wearing his Breitling?!?! Oh,.... right,...... the watch strap costs R12,500. How impossibly ironic. Nice body guards on his shoulders, maybe not 100% confident of his personal safety among all those spears and pangas?

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-09-12 07:30

    Too late! The guys have bought Malema's crap already. And today he's taking his poison to the South African Defence Force, to 'address' unhappy solders. The man can't be stopped, those who think he's stupid must think again. But, seriously, I don't see Malema living up to his 35th birthday at this rate...

      stoneyard.molf - 2012-09-12 08:10

      Wht is the role of the trade unions isn't that mediate between workers n their employer so tht role is now shifted 2 julius malema n wht purpose will the union serve if the majority of workers belonging to the same do not believe in its union representatives to resolve encountered problems with their employer so if majority of workers n south africans start believing in wht malema is preaching thn all this will lead to a revolution n civil war n ths will lead to other countries send armed forces to restore peace in mzansi n also their opportunity to retrieve the minerals tht we hav been surviving frm n the same minerals tht we fighting over to their countries easily as they no longer b control in mzansi

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-12 07:30

    The government must intervene now before this gets out of control. Malema is taking the country backwards. Labour unions have got a mandate from the workers. In what capacity is Malema part of the strike?

  • Zahir - 2012-09-12 07:43

    Malema is pushing for a civil war using workers to forward his agenda

  • sbulele.b.mnyaka - 2012-09-12 07:48

    these mine workers must wake up before its too late, this malema of theirs is taking them to unemployment and malema wil lose nothing, sandf why wuld u seek advice frm some1 who failed doing his work, nw u like being taught by some1 who failed the same clas u ar doin, i beg u fellow south africans stop eating malemas poison

  • jared.vermaak - 2012-09-12 08:21

    If this prick carries on this country will end up just like the rest of africa. Hunger and crime will be a bigger factor. When it is realised it will be to late because of there un educated arragence. Any normal person will know that.

  • nkele.malatji - 2012-09-12 08:33

    Miners are being exploited to settle scores.Malelma always wanted mines to be nationalised and it gave him platform to mislead them,as for Seshoka is just useless in his position. He is just waiting to bark and make nusty comments.We want to know how far are they with the negotiations with management of MARIKANA??????????

  • djponny - 2012-09-12 09:21

    if everyone strike, whats going to happen to our currency,these families what are they going to eat during strikes? Or is malema paying them to vote for him in the next coming election?

  • teddy.masisi - 2012-09-12 09:50

    Do we still remember what happenned to Mr.Mbeki???

  • klasgoran.olsson - 2012-09-12 09:52

    So many comments about Malema as a person. There is no reason for me to debate and argue against that, BUT isnĀ“t there a great problem that the miners and also other people outside the mines are listening to him and put trust in him. How to help this people opent their eyes?? The central government has failed to much and has to bad reputation to be able stabilise the situation. So what do do to save the democracy?

  • Gill McCain - 2012-09-12 09:53

    What I think many of these miners,on their illegal strike, do NOT realize is that they can easily be replaced. There are millions who would step up to take over. If they want more money why not try and increase their productivity and skills so that they are in a stronger bargaining position. This violence and intimidation will have lost them any support that they may have had from the right minded citizens of South Africa. In believing the tosh spouted by Malema they just show the whole world how gullible they are - he does not give a fig about any of you.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-12 11:36

    Now he speaks hogwash? Not so long ago you were all on the stage toy toying with him. Blooming hypocrites. The boy is kicking your arses and I for one am not sorry.

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-12 11:44

    Any relation to Porky Pig?

  • KennySven - 2012-09-13 00:46

    JUJU = JUST UNEDUCATED JUST UNEDUCATED,OR IN PEDI IT MEANS ZELLIE'S LITTLE FAT BOY. He should start his own party the DFC.(DUMB Fuc@er% CLUB) Qualifications to join, Maximum standard 4 education(No forgeries please)

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