Cosatu: Malema claims scandalous

2012-08-20 21:41

Johannesburg - Allegations by expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema that the NUM was not representing the interests of workers was "scandalous", Cosatu said on Monday.

"This is a scandalous insult to the mighty union... which for decades has been fearless and unflinching in its defence of the most exploited section of the South African working class," Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is a Cosatu affiliate.

On Saturday, Malema visited Marikana, where police shot dead 34 striking miners last week. He called on mineworkers to form a militant union that would represent their interests.

He said the union no longer represented the interests of the workers, but was interested only in making more money.

Craven said: "The federation deplores Malema's blatant opportunism in seeking to exploit the understandable concerns of the Marikana workers to score cheap political points."

The shooting on Thursday followed a week of violent protests which were believed to be linked to rivalry between the NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over recognition agreements at the mine. Workers also wanted higher pay.

On Friday, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa denied there was union rivalry, and said the NUM had "internal issues" which had nothing to do with Amcu.

He said Amcu had no affiliations with political organisations inside or outside South Africa.

The union was also not supported or funded by Malema, as had been rumoured.

"The allegations are baseless and unfounded. We have no political relationship with any political movement inside this country or outside," Mathunjwa said.

  • mofstok - 2012-08-20 21:52

    Better go make some popcorn, the circus is only beginning. How cheap are SA's politicians? Not even PEP stores will give them credit.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-08-20 21:56

      Dumb vs Dumber, lol.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-20 22:08

      Hope you are making a looooot of popcorn - it's gonna be a long sit!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-20 22:14

      Reminds me so much of Animal Farm by George Orwell - Synopsis of novel The novel addresses not only the corruption of the revolution by its leaders but also how wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greed and myopia corrupt the revolution. It portrays corrupt leadership as the flaw in revolution, rather than the act of revolution itself. It also shows how potential ignorance and indifference to problems within a revolution could allow horrors to happen if a smooth transition to a people's government is not achieved.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-21 05:27

      And so the circus continues.

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-08-20 21:57

    Two pigs fighting - quite amusing. Fatty PIG Malema and PIG in the TROUGH Cosatu calling each other names - what a fantastic pig party

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-20 21:57

    yeah i like it, come on bury each other

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-20 22:09

      No use - the ANC will still get the votes. Sad, sorry-ar@e situation. What a joke!

      dan.gleebits.33 - 2012-08-20 22:29

      Christelle - tragically, you are correct.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-20 22:40

      Dan, I made a note higher about the novel "Animal Farm" - here is another, scaringly close to home, excerpt from the book. The pigs exploit the other animals shamelessly, breaking all the rules that they had established after the Rebellion. Things fall apart: life on the farm gets worse and worse, the animals forget old Major’s original dream, and the pigs make some poor management decisions when dealing with the neighboring farms.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 22:16

    The plot thickens. Vat hom fluffy!

      celia.waldeck.1 - 2012-08-24 16:30

      No Johan the plot sickens!

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-08-20 22:17

    Mighty union se gat, even the drunkard is difficult to believe when he's talking the truth, most Malema's statements are dumb but it doesn't mean we must disagree with him when he's saying the correct thing. Mr COSATU tell me how can you be a union to serve employees interest while you also have shares with the company? Negotiations have timeframe that is why wage negotiations usualy start at the beggining of june so the final is reached by the beggining of july. In some companies of rustenburg NUM held negotiations in 2008 other in 2010 but till today the employees still not getting their answers, mr COSATU go and ask your NUM how they operate in rustenburg before I get pissed and write something I'm not supporse to write here. I'm an ANC supporter but if my supporting ANC got to do with NUM please count me out. UNION is there for employee whether the employee is right or wrong

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 09:11

      Amazing how you can support such clowns though ... the whole thing is one sick joke, that resulted in the death of a lot of people. Poor poor leadership ... seems a pandemic on this continent.

  • Dikotsi Ramakhera Petrus - 2012-08-20 22:17

    What is COSATU 'correcting'? U are all the same

  • Dave Plank - 2012-08-20 22:18

    Malema is a moron of the highest order

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-20 22:46

    Casatu/Num/ANC alliance are one. Casatu leadership, inside government, members of mining boards, rich fat cat shareholders in LONMIN. Deliberate and consistant wage negotiations with international cooperates conspiring to keep labor cost below inflation rate, in order to boost profit reports. Ill treatment of members at Aurora, and absolute no representation and or support for the workers at Aurora while ANC politcally connected elite raped and plundered the mine leaving workers destitute. The affiliations is undeniable and Casatu can say that Malema is pulling off cheap political shots, but they can't say he is lying to the public. The facts and the truth are beginning to seep out through the veins of those bloodied and dead workers at the LONMIN Massacre. While Casatu fat cats are served tea and scones/ johnny walker blue at Casatu house by PA"S numbering the dozens, paid for by workers contributions. Vavi can parade all he wants, and Patrick can claim Casatu mighty but they have erred in the claim that they stand for the working class, they now stand for the Alliance. It is the ANC/state alliance verses worker. News reports before the Massacre clearly stated that AMCU and NUM were at war with each other and this resulted in ten deaths, now reports claim it is believed they were at war. WAS LONMIN LYING? The reports of MUTI and traditional prayers, I am beginning to think that the purpose has been served. A far cry from painting workers, barbaric as intended

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-21 05:16


      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 09:14

      The workers ARE barbaric, how else can you describe what they did to those 10 workers they murdered? Saints?

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-08-20 23:07

    does the following apply here?: give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves?

  • Savourcard - 2012-08-21 00:18

    So Mr Craven, how come rock drillers earn R4000/month and the erstwhile head of NUM, namely one Cyril Ramaphosa, earns millions? Whose interests did NUM serve -- rock drillers or Cyril? Tough question huh? Not much in it huh? Huh?

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-08-21 05:15

    Malema 1; Cosatu 0.

  • Dylan Dillboy Allison - 2012-08-21 06:09

    And again I ask... Why was Muppet Malema even allowed to address anyone in any case... He has nothing of value to add to anything or anyone... And again the ignorant workers will think forming other militant factions will be the way forward whilst causing further infighting, bloodshed, destruction of property, loss of income and loss of lives. Watch this space as that materializes and chaos descends into anarchy...

  • mlamli.njilo - 2012-08-21 06:11

    Cosatu is a disgrace to black can you co own mines and also allow politics in labour movement.deep down your hearts you know the are sell outs

  • Jabulani Jabz - 2012-08-21 07:05

    i tink mines is to be nationalised nd that can be a goodmovement to those who earns a litle while people who sit nd do nothin' earns milions!

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-21 07:22

      I think you must finish matric first

      jack.kukard - 2012-08-21 07:26

      Wow you a genius.......

      duncan.roderick - 2012-08-21 08:02

      What has the ANC done for the people with the money they already have? NOTHING! Malema and co walk around in Nike jackets drinking Johnny Walker Blue label. Do you really believe that nationalisation is going to make the poor any better off? Look what happend at Aurora Mine which was South African owned. We need people who have a clue to run the mines. Juju has installed some really dumb idea's in the uneducated masses minds about how they will benefit... FACT: YOU WONT SEE A CENT

      JManAtheoi - 2012-08-21 09:27

      "people who sit nd do nothin' earns milions!" - you mean like Malema & Co?? Try again.

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-08-21 12:58

      You think?...I'll be back now right after my laughing fit.

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2012-08-21 07:31


  • mandy.gibson.1401 - 2012-08-21 09:06

    Why is it that the press keep writing about what Malema has to say???...he is nobody important...

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 09:17

    The horrible thing about all of these clowns is that they are not even funny. What absolute rubbish we have in "leadership" positions in this country, it really is an embarrassing disgrace.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-21 13:12

    ok Mathunjwa, so you say you have nothing to do with Malema, you are not funded by him, you are not politically associated with him, we will see, if this is not the case, then you are not only an opportunist using the workers for you own slice of the R 100 million a month paid to unions, but you are also a lier, time will tell.

  • gc.grobler1 - 2012-08-24 16:37

    Why does everyone keep talking JUST about the 34 miners that died and barely mentioning the 10 innocent people whom they killed? Suddenly the guilty has become the Free I'm sorry but not every prosecuted person is the next Nelson Mandela + This Malema character: If you have ever read a book in your life, containing facts, you will be able to see that he only learned a couple of words and how to throw them together. Never realising that words have certain meaning to them.

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