Look after your workers before the revolution - Malema

2015-11-20 16:15
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema has warned big corporations to look after their workers otherwise they would rise up against them.

"I warned about an un-led revolution in South Africa. It's coming," he told the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Johannesburg on Friday.

"It's in the universities [and] it will go to the factories. Students are demanding free education in the universities - workers are going to demand a minimum wage in the factories."

He said President Jacob Zuma and the ANC had no control and were suffering from a lack of credibility and legitimacy.

Just like the students, no one will be able to tell workers to stop burning down factories when they start protesting.

Malema warned the chamber not to be part of a group of people who undermined workers.

"Take a decision to look after your workers, they will look after you during the time of the revolution.

"When people call them to action, they will say 'we not affected by those things'... That's all we are asking for."

He questioned why businesses had a problem with giving workers shares in their companies, as it was the workers who looked after those businesses.

Addressing Mercedes-Benz, the German car manufacturer, Malema asked why they were prepared to give "strangers" Black Economic Empowerment shares, but not their workers.

"You go around complaining that there is no business in South Africa, [that] people don't buy Mercedes-Benz... pay them [workers] better and they will buy your Mercedes-Benz.

"The black workers are the best marketers, they are all over. Give them cars, give them money to buy cars," he said.

Malema used Henry Ford as an example. The founder of Ford had reduced working hours, increased production and reduced production time because his workers earned a better living.

"Let's do away with BEE, let's empower workers.

"This economy will never grow because the majority of people in this country do not have buying power. Give them a minimum wage," Malema said. 

Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.