Striking miners put faith in Malema

2012-02-28 13:31

Rustenburg - Striking Impala mineworkers sang liberation songs while waiting for ANC Youth League president Julius Malema at Freedom Park near Rustenburg on Tuesday.

Malema was expected to hold a consultative meeting with them on working conditions in the mine and the nationalisation of mines.

"A go lowe, ke leng re bua? [let's fight, how long have we been talking?]" the crowd sang when Malema had not arrived by 11:00. He had been expected to address the workers at 10:00.

Public order police held shields and batons as they watched the singing crowd near the stage. Four armoured police vehicles were standing by with their engines running.


Many workers said they regarded Malema as a "true leader".

"He is the one who can help us in our struggle," said Abbey Sibanyoni, 48. "Malema is a true leader, that is why we want him to hear our problems," she said.

"With Malema we will win," said worker Kenneth Kubu, 38, against the background of revolutionary songs.

The crowd waved placards calling for Malema to intervene in their strike.

"Our president Juju help us, we want money, not percent," read one placard.

Another read: "Next president of SA, we want money and nationalisation of mines."

  • Gigo - 2012-02-28 13:43

    I'm happy, Malema my president.Unban Malema unban the youth.

      slawek.puk - 2012-02-28 16:50

      Malema is not young. maybe you in the head but not body wise.

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-02-28 14:00

    I just love Malema. He is a fearless young fighter.

      TBlogger - 2012-02-28 14:22

      Seriously? name one battle he has won??

      Roy - 2012-02-28 14:29

      Yes and one BIG crook who steals to enrich himself while your people suffer. He is a "maaifoedie" who is so dishonest.

      Avhasei - 2012-02-28 15:05

      agree 100% with u Poly, malema can help africans who still belive that whites are our boss.

      G√ľnter - 2012-02-28 15:44

      and a great comedian

      Balan - 2012-02-28 16:11

      @ poliodonkey you are a stupid ass

  • Shaunsmith337 - 2012-02-28 14:02

    Put your faith in man who can;t even bother to show up to hear your grievances. And yet you will still vote like blind morons!!!

  • K0BUSL - 2012-02-28 14:07

    @Sganja, Poloyatonki and probably Collen ......... Trolling works better when others have commented

  • Richard - 2012-02-28 14:09

    Bring the Lion back I mean the Voice

  • TBlogger - 2012-02-28 14:22

    Well clearly Malema doesn't regard as highly if you were still waiting for an hour.. Did he even pitch?????

  • Trudy - 2012-02-28 14:32

    Do these dummies realise that if the nationalism of mines go forth they will end up with LESS and LESS money? Do they honestly think that Malema and his cronies will actually SHARE the mine profits with them? They're so obtuse that I feel embarrassed for them.

  • Yolanda - 2012-02-28 14:50

    is Malema still the ANCYL president???? *confused*

      annie.kalahari - 2012-02-28 15:37

      His 'suspension' ONLY goes into effect in June 2014. Much good that was hey?

  • musamuskid - 2012-02-28 14:57

    What is hapenning in this country?

  • KGALEMA PHOGOLE - 2012-02-28 14:58

    The mine bosses must swallow their pride and give employees what they want I think Malema is right when He said that mine could affort R9000 or more, which is peanuts as well when compared to directors salaries.

  • Avhasei - 2012-02-28 15:02

    i just like this malema guy, he makes whites scared when you mention his name they start to talk. i dont like ANC but malema can protect us from australians.

  • Collen Masetla - 2012-02-28 15:05

    What do ANC leaders say and think when people have faith in PRESIDENT MALEMA over them? NELSON MANDELA MUST BE MAD AT THIS AND HE CAN'T WAIT FOR JULIUS TO TAKE OVER. Motlanthe, zuma, mantashe, WHAT IS GOING ON? Mr ramaphosa, what is happening sir? You remove what people have faith in? As for one small head derek haenekom haai useless as blade.

  • annie.kalahari - 2012-02-28 15:40

    I blame Implats. Their policy to ship in tens of thousands of miners from the Transkei, Mozambique while ignoring local workers created a lot of unhappiness and unrest around their hiring policies. This is a mine where some 1,500kg in platinum production has already been lost and its CEO travelled to Zimbabwe yesterday to 'hold talks' ... with whom exactly? These are some of the best-earning mines in the world. If they can't even manage their personnel-policies properly, there's something really wrong there.

      Lungani - 2012-02-28 16:39

      @Annie.kalahari.. I am just laughing at your ...miners from Transkei & Mozanbique. Are you racist?. People from Transkei are South Africans; and Mozanbicans are hard working and not lazy like some of our own people who have been lied to by some dishonest politicians to think that everything is for free and they are entitiled to after 1994 or democracy. Quality through competition is what gets you a job and not the title called "local"; otherwise my mother should be the CEO of Baragwanath hospital because she a local and very wise.

  • boichoko.sechogela - 2012-02-28 20:21

    How long are we going to depend on western investors,let us also be investors in our own country.Banks are there loans if the government need some money for mining operations cost.Nationalization is the best solution,mines are making profits loans can be paid.

  • Jp - 2012-02-29 12:24


  • Lesley - 2012-02-29 20:11

    Please ask the miners to let me know of 1 country in Africa that nationalised their mines and the workers benefitted. Malema wants the mines nationalised so that he and the ANCYL will benefit.

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