Striking miners wait for Malema

2012-02-28 11:00

Rustenburg - Striking mine workers at Impala Platinum (Implats) mine near Rustenburg braved the hot morning sun on Tuesday to wait for ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Malema was expected to have a consultative meeting with the workers about their salaries and working conditions at Implats.

A large crowd of men holding umbrellas gathered at Freedom Park sports grounds to wait for him to arrive.

Some sat in groups while others blew whistles and sang liberation songs in front of the podium where Malema was expected to speak.

Violent strike

The workers went on strike five weeks ago demanding a minimum pay of R9 000 a month.

Last week, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi urged them to return to work, but most refused.

Three people have died and scores have been injured in violence related to the illegal strike.

On Tuesday, the police watched the proceedings from a distance.

Implats has been blamed for the strike by National Union of Mineworkers general secretary Frans Baleni.

He said on Monday that the union's central structures had not been informed that Implats was going to implement a salary adjustment for miners.

This retention bonus was apparently not given to rock drill operators, which led to them walking off the job, followed by thousands of other miners. Implats fired 17 200 workers after they refused to go back to their jobs.

Initially, Implats said the dismissed workers could reapply for their positions, but would lose any benefits they previously had.

However, on Friday the union and Implats agreed that workers could be reinstated with their previous benefits intact. They would not be paid for the days they did not work.

  • Edward Serfontein - 2012-02-28 11:11

    Not that i would jump up and down and share candy and stuff, but it would make me happy if i should not have to hear or read anything about Julius malema, anymore. . . mxm, who am i kidding, I WOULD jump up and down and share candy and stuff.

      Henri - 2012-02-28 11:16

      Julius Malema buys the new Automatic BMW X8 sport, He drives the Car perfectly well during the day, but at night the Car just won’t move at all. He tries driving the car at night for a week but still no luck, He then furiously calls the BMW Dealers and they send out a technician to Him, the Technician asks “ Sir, are you sure you are using the right gears?” . Full of anger Malema replies “You fool, Fotsek Man, Aibo how you could ask such a question, am not stupid I use D for the Day and N for the Night”

      Edward Serfontein - 2012-02-28 11:19


      Putin the " - 2012-02-28 11:20

      @Zoombie, & you are supposed to be funny with that?

      Edward Serfontein - 2012-02-28 11:31

      He is not SUPPOSED to be funny, he IS funny with that.

      J-Man - 2012-02-28 11:39

      Especially THIS "article" - now they consider a bunch of idiots waiting for this neanderthal news..... pathetic.

      solverman - 2012-02-28 11:43

      Bloody Agent

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 11:44

      @Putin, a weak joke, but it did crack a smile..

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-28 12:05

      Nazo2010 Are you counting Malema amongst those who pocket millions?

      Tyrone - 2012-02-28 12:12

      @Nazo2010 'every1 can feel him when '(he)' talks' 'HE always speak'(s)' the truth' 'Malema haters are allergic '(to)' change' 'Malema haters have '(benifted)' from apartheid' Malama haters are '(stupid)' 'Until their demand'(s)' are met' '(it)' is fine if you pocket millions' ..........JUST SAYING!!

      Edward Serfontein - 2012-02-28 12:15

      Okay Nazo, cool down, i didn't say anything bad about Malema. I'm merely implying that it would be better to read news about some other polical figure for a change. And btw, you must admit, he IS making it easy for people to bad mouth him. But I'm not into that. E.g, I personally think you are mentally disturbed, but I won't say anything about it. Not that type of person.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 12:50

      What's the bet he sings banned songs!! Got R20 riding on this..

      Spyker - 2012-02-28 13:06

      However inconvenient - this will simply turn out to be an event to openly express the HATE FOR WHITE PEOPLE. The "New SA" was a noble idea, but it is simply NOT working.., - The international community created the "New SA". They have to get involved now. - A new dispensation will have to be negotiated or SA will face a bloodbath. The time for jokes and misguided 'facetiousness' is over - this is serious...

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-28 14:34

      Spyker-May Which Kommando camp did you go to and how long did it take for you to graduate. You must have been their brightest pupil.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-28 11:12

    dont hold your breath guys--hes off tho party in his poepal ---sorry purple suit

      makesuthink - 2012-02-28 11:43

      Please leave Barney out of this

      Mike - 2012-02-28 12:20

      He got lost! He couldn't spell "Impala" on his GPS!!! So his blue light brigade took him to Kruger National Park!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 13:09

      ANCYL new motto: "Sharing is caring"

  • Jack - 2012-02-28 11:13

    Call me stupid, but why the hell is malema still called president? Has the Anc still not made up it's mind? How difficult can it be? they come across as idiots whom cant make a decision. And i'm in the wong job R9000!!! Please i'm gonna apply for a mining job.

      Chrisjan - 2012-02-28 11:19

      Julius Malema is the most powerfull man in South Africa. Not even the "mighty" ANC can get rid of him. They tried sooooo many time already.

      Kevin - 2012-02-28 12:24

      Being called president does not make you someone important. Just look at the people we call president in this country

  • David - 2012-02-28 11:17

    Strike was illegal - what does he actually want to say to these people. There is nothing he can do except cause more trouble. I suppose he will be on about nationalisation of mines again. Why can't the parent body stop the naughty child for causing trouble? About time his appeal was finalised and he dissapears.

  • Cast53 - 2012-02-28 11:21

    Put a muzzle on him

  • Tammy - 2012-02-28 11:23

    julius malema? who or rather, what is that? LOL

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-28 11:23

    Malema is still squeezing his way to the public domain as if he will make a difference to the striking miners debug.

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-28 11:28

    I hope they have chicken and chips ready. We don't want the boy to go hungry do we?.

      jandreleroux - 2012-02-28 12:21

      Also "braved the hot morning sun" seems to be slightly hyperbolic?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 13:27

      I think hyperbolic is an understatement ;)

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-28 11:30

    Stupid Malema is going to talk about Nationalisation of Mines that's all.

      Buda - 2012-02-28 12:37

      "INTELLIGENT" mashudu will follow "stupid" MALEMA'S NEWS ALL THE TIME. IT looks like mashudu is the stupid one here. Why don't you read and comment on pieter mulder only or your zille?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 13:28

      @Buda, you want to repeat that in English?

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-02-28 11:33

    Malema is powerful as Forbes Magazine once labelled him, even the right wing started to grow after his suspension.

      J-Man - 2012-02-28 11:42

      ...and Malema has the IQ of a tennisball....says a lot about his followers.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 11:45

      The right wing started to grow BECAUSE of Malema... Do we ALWAYS have to educate you in these matters stinkypony?

      makesuthink - 2012-02-28 11:46

      So did the left wing. All that is needed now are the legs and body Then the chicken is complete poepal( malema ) and all

      Bibi - 2012-02-28 12:37

      I read the article too about powerful people in Africa. That was a while ago and amongst the jobless masses and those with less education he was indeed powerful, but that is also changing.these guys want immediate change and not even Malema can manage that.

      Mike - 2012-02-28 12:40

      @Donkey with Polio: You are probably this time 100% correct! Now let us just hope his left wing also grows and then he can fly away!!

      Gigo - 2012-02-28 12:52

      Poloyatonki for president

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-02-28 11:45

    There is a photograph taken by a South African journalist of a vulture waiting for an emaciated child to die. That vulture is Malema.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 12:51

      And the child, all of us..

  • Deon - 2012-02-28 11:48

    His only message should be: "Go back to work". We can dream can't we?

  • Shirley - 2012-02-28 11:55

    Ha ha ha!!!!! A "consultative" meeting nogal! Just what the hell does fat boy know about consulting anything????? No wonder S.A is going under when people consult idiots for idiotic reasons!Wonder if he charges a consultation fee?

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-02-28 12:03

    Chrijan the only reason malema ( in your opinion ) is yhe most powerful man in the country ,is because he has gundane- brained halfwits like you blowing smoke up his ring !!!

  • Collen Masetla - 2012-02-28 12:09


      Ang - 2012-02-28 12:17


      Irene - 2012-02-28 12:24

      Collen, what is it going to take for you fools that think Malema is a hero, to understand that he can give you nothing. Zip, zero, nada, niks, boggeroll. Why are you all so flipping stupid to hang onto every word the Fatboy says? Economic freedom is gained by work, I'll type is slowly so you can understand: W-O-R-K. Marching doesn't cut it pal and there are no short cuts either. Remember now, WORK!

      Shirley - 2012-02-28 12:28

      LOl you sound just like juju-are you incognito?

      makesuthink - 2012-02-28 12:39

      The youth league was never banned you idiot If you are so determined to do something get Madbucket to form a new party with all of his money and you can join it. Oh sorry his wealth is for himself and you and the poor

      Gigo - 2012-02-28 12:53

      Collen Masetla I gave you thumb up,you deserve millions of them.Amandlaa!!!

      Mike - 2012-02-28 13:09

      please use correct spelling Irene, W-E-K, lets not forget we have university students here.

      Kevin - 2012-02-29 07:12

      Collen, not only do you not know how to make sense, you are also fast asleep. The ANCYL (that's the ANC Youth League) are not banned. Their president (note I use small letters as I don't believe he deserves any respect)is currently suspended for 5 years and appealing that suspension. Please stop shouting about unbanning the ANCYL, it not banned at the moment. Got that? Right, now let's talk about Mr Malema - what in heaven's name is he going to do about removing inequality? He's an expert on promoting it - he has a lovely house that he probably didn't pay for and he drives a fancy car. He can't jog more than 50 meters with his 'people' and is apparently addicted to KFC. Every now and again he stands up in public and shouts about inequality, then goes back home via the KFC and sits in his house sipping Johnnie Walker Black and telling himself he's glad he isn't one of the masses. Please work out for me how he will save our Country!?

  • Jeffrey - 2012-02-28 12:14

    Implats CEO and Directors are ignorant and underestimate workers,then the Unions. It is a high time that the Unions should also demand the CEO to step Down and be held responsible for advancing the injuries, not only on workers but to our economy.

      Irene - 2012-02-28 12:25

      Viva Implats Viva! Pity Implants is stupid enough to allow these thugs back into their jobs. Fire the lot of them. Voetsak!

      Shirley - 2012-02-28 12:30

      The unions already have FAR too much power and do too little! Its all political payoffs and handshakes to win votes!Why is it always the CEOs that must step down etc and never the ill behaved workers??? Always someone elses fault hey!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 12:49

      No Jeffery, the miners are solely responsible for all of this. Implants rightly fired them for embarking on an illegal strike.. That is commonly known as "dereliction of duty". If they have a greivance they should have approached their union who would have raised this with management, if after all that had failed the union would then call a dispute and then embark on a legal strike. But nooooo, the sense of entitlement outweighed logic, now they crying over their own stupidity...

      Gigo - 2012-02-28 12:54

      Haha Irene is angry.

      Bradley - 2012-02-28 13:01

      Point blank..there is no place for law here. most Malema supporters just don't know what law is...

      Balan - 2012-02-28 16:32

      your an idiot

      Kevin - 2012-02-29 07:26

      It seems COSATU is urging the workers to end their strike, if I read properly. That must mean that COSATU believes the strike is unjustified or illegal. Unions don't know how to run their own affairs, I can't see any reason why they should be making decisions for the mines. In Zim, the Zim government impounded a large platinum mine some years back and it hasn't produced an ounce of platinum since then. In the meantime, they want to own more mines......?! Jeffrey, please explain how you say that the CEO is responsible for injuries to our economy??? If government takes over the running of the mine, the existing workforce will be out of work within a year. The UK banks that are doing well since the global recession have paid back their loans to government to get them out of making their decisions for them. Maybe we should learn a lesson from that?

  • npretorius2 - 2012-02-28 12:20

    @Nazo, all over the world there are people who work hard making other people rich. Its called capitalism, and its why alot of people drive nice BMW's and have nice houses. Capitalism is not a bad thing, it drives society forward and most of our nice gadgets are as a direct result of capitalism. You cannot give a person who knows how to use a hammer, the same amount of money as a person who runs an entire company befitting 1000's of people (and use a hammer). Of course you can go back and live in a hut, walk where you want to go, have no medicine and die of the common flu if you want... its not always fair, but its a harsh reality.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-28 12:22

    Fat boy can do nothing, not today ,not tomorrow ,not ever. Stupidity is not something you fix overnight.

  • Buda - 2012-02-28 12:32

    No one else can do it better than him. Remember the UOFS fight about so called reitz4? It was our own Juju who made things calm. Now we want and need this boy in the ANC. Remember when Mbeki was removed, ANC lost some votes but analysts used to say it was Malema who is keeping the vote up in the ANC because of the support he has on youths, unemployed and poor. Except for one stephen friedman, understandable. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR YOUNG LION RRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR. PRESIDENT OF AFRICA TO BE.

      Brett - 2012-02-28 12:40

      I have visited quite a few game reserves and have never seen a lion that is 50 kg overweight. Especially a young lion. Have seen some fat warthogs though...

      Pete - 2012-02-28 12:46

      Heaven help us.......

      Gigo - 2012-02-28 13:00


      Bradley - 2012-02-28 13:03

      "heart of a lion" most of you don't know the meaning never less the please stop insulting the lion's pride.

      willybegood - 2012-02-28 13:18

      Meow! :D

      Morama - 2012-02-28 13:28

      @Enrico,What stupid tone!!! You are a denialist and let me assure you that Julias Malema,irrespective of how u see him would be your president and's speedily coming and is not what i wish for.but to use such tone shows your stupidity.I dont like ANC and would never,what's killing this country is the ignorancy of the majority which doesnt know that south africa is free and is up to an individual to make sure that he/she works towards whatever is looking for in this life...but to insult malemalike as you did shows how obtuse you are.

      DraganTrenk - 2012-02-28 19:47

      Joburg ZOO lost some asset?

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-28 12:39

    Singing along,......why are we waiting.......

  • Paul - 2012-02-28 12:42

    What is he still doing on the scene, is he more important to the ANC then what we think?

      Collen Masetla - 2012-02-28 14:06

      We keep telling you same thing, he is more important than all ANC leaders

  • Nigel - 2012-02-28 12:46

    enjoy waiting for this delusional egotistic demagogue. He is always late, they will wait hours, his arrogance almost supersedes his ignorance.

  • Victor - 2012-02-28 12:49

    He is still at KFC !!!!!!!

      Gigo - 2012-02-28 12:51

      Did you see him?

      Phillys - 2012-02-28 13:05

      No Victor, he is not at KFC. He donned his new crotch-less purple suite this morning and is giving gayboyfloyd a quickie whilst waiting at the airport for Velvet Sky to arrive!!!!!!

  • Buda - 2012-02-28 13:22

    LIKE WE ALWAYS TELL YOU WHEN YOU POST USELESS COMMENTS...THE REALITY OF THE MATTER IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK...READ THIS. 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.” - Sapa JULIUS MALEMA IS THE FUTURE AND IS INEVITABLE.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 13:31

      Useless comment.

      Robin - 2012-02-28 13:33

      Dream on Budass....

      Gigo - 2012-02-28 13:42

      Malema my president

  • Buda - 2012-02-28 13:43

    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.” - Sapa

  • Buda - 2012-02-28 13:43

    READ THIS: 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.” - Sapa FOR SURE YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT.

  • Collen Masetla - 2012-02-28 15:18

    So if i were ANC president i would resign. People have faith in youth league leader over me? I wouldn't even bother for a second term. Now meaning the workers didn't believe even a simple thing on president, that mine can pay 9000 for each. MALEMA IS THE FUTURE.

      Juan - 2012-02-28 15:31

      That would mean R7.5 million each month added to the wage bill. Are you sure about that? Are you the Financial Director of Implats?

  • Sean - 2012-02-28 15:56

    WHY IS HE STILL THE ANCYL president??I thought he was suspended

  • Mona Grant - 2012-02-28 19:43

    And what the HELL is the suspended ANCYL bloke going to do about it? Will he stir some emotions, say some really stupid stuff and return to his mansion in Sandton and have some sushi and Blue Lable? Put this guy on an Italian cruiseliner please!

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