Lead yourselves, Malema tells miners

2012-09-03 16:54

Johannesburg - Workers should lead themselves when labour unions neglect them, expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on Monday.

"Leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers [NUM] should know that you can't act for workers without consulting them, and don't take workers for granted," he told strikers at Gold Fields' KDC gold mine in Westonaria, on the West Rand.

"If they fail you, you must lead yourself."

Malema's speech evoked loud cheers from the miners, who have been on strike since last Wednesday.

They wanted the NUM's local leadership to resign.

Malema told the workers that one of their grievances had been resolved.

This related to money which management had apparently deducted from their salaries for a funeral policy without their consent. Malema said the money would be returned.

"Management was wrong to allow people to deduct money from you without your signatures."

Malema said the deductions for the funeral policy would be terminated.

'Not threatening foreign investment'

"But it must not end there. There must be criminal investigations [into] who did the fraud."

Malema said the miners were not threatening foreign investment with their strike, as some newspapers had reported.

"We are threatening profits gained by greedy shareholders."

Malema cited mining magnate Patrice Motsepe as an example.

"He became one of the millionaires... billionaires in less than 20 years. Why? Because the money he was supposed to share with the workers he did not share it."

Malema said white management was not listening to workers' grievances because leaders of the African National Congress were involved in the mines.

He told his audience to continue fighting for better wages.

The ANC in the OR Tambo region, in the Eastern Cape, had declared that the minimum monthly wage for mineworkers across the country should be R12 500, he said.

Workers wielded sticks and sang songs on Malema's arrival in a black Mercedes-Benz.

  • steph.lombard.7 - 2012-09-03 17:01

    This whole striking thing at the mines will only end badly..................

      alan.jerrold - 2012-09-03 17:20

      Yes, 'male' (pronounced mah-lay) in Latin actually means 'evil' or 'bad'. So you get malevolent, malicious, malignant - and Malema. His parents obviously knew how he would turn out...

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-03 17:44

      Poor sod has not even got the brains to handle the little IQ (if any) that his got.

  • jonathan.fernandes.31105 - 2012-09-03 17:03

    This guy .... I just dont understand why he is so full of hate and wants to just destroy wait i do know he is a....what what

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-03 17:12

      that's because he's pure evil.just look at his eyes and you'll see.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-03 18:58

      It's all part of his agenda

  • MarcoLValente - 2012-09-03 17:06

    Yo Jules - I'm sure your Breitling, embezzeled trust funds and fancy pad in Sandton will be well received by the miners - seeing that you so believe so passionately in sharing wealth, why don't you lead by example?

      liana.loots - 2012-09-03 18:52

      in their eyes he cannot put a foot wrong, plus, zuma's backtracking is making his self seeking halo shine brighter. and what is more, he cannot bear being black.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-03 19:00

      Not bad for somebody who hasn't worked a day in his life. And yet he wants criminal investigations into fraud. What a joke

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-03 17:09

    I'm not against the miners wanting more money but R12,500 across the board..never!! I would like to take Julius on a tour of the mines!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-03 17:09

    The blind leading the blind.Coming from a fat 30 plus man-child like Malema ought to inspire these numbnuts.

  • maduvha.mukusha - 2012-09-03 17:10

    The struggle for economic freedom continues, we will support whoever wants to emancipate the soul of an African man from slavery including Malema.

      Themba Patric Sibande - 2012-09-03 18:30

      this is the best comment to come from the post,all the other posts come from the toilet pits

      vusi.mkhize.731 - 2012-09-03 18:52

      According to u what is a economic freedom?

      johandebeer - 2012-09-03 19:04

      Tamba, are you now the great judge of comments? I do not doubt that the comment is true, but ironically that is the sad thing. That we have to deal with this mentality in 2012. Back to the stone age.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-03 19:04

      Catch a wake up china Malema doesn't give a damn about the African's sole, Malema cares about Malema

      travis.bruce.353 - 2012-09-03 19:34

      I think Bob Marley said it best: 'Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds.'

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-03 17:15

    What boggles the mind is how pathetic these mine owners are to allow this oke at any of their mines - he's not therE to do anything positive - he's there to stirr sh*t , BIG TIME - read my lips......... chuck him of the premises next time

  • amelda.davies - 2012-09-03 17:17

    I noticed that this fool is a 'president' again. Oh well. Each to his own. In 2000 years people will not know this turd. Won't even find DNA on him. RIP. Your phone is smarter than you.

  • alan.jerrold - 2012-09-03 17:23

    Watch what will be happening soon: many mines are marginal, they will have to close and thousands will lose their jobs. Hopefully, the retrenched miners will then express their feelings appropriately to Malema for what he has done in order to further his own political ends.

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-03 17:56

      No mine is going to close\r\nBillions are invested there!\r\n Even in Zimbabwe, d mine didn't close after 51 % stakes was transfrd to the locals\r\n..Malema is pushing his owmn agendas..But ther won't b any closure

  • lumka.ludada - 2012-09-03 17:23

    Do I hear nationalization?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-04 10:07

      No, you hearing self enrichment..

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-03 17:30

    Ja lead yourselves,call up the witch doctor-when you end up dead,dont cry. Malema is quick to talk about riches not being shared with-why doesnt he sharesome of his millions and give a viable explanation as to where his money comes from!

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-03 17:44

      Motsepe must share the money, he's Owing Mines..Malema doesn't have s mine\r\nHe must share with his gardner..stupid, he may be, but facts are facts\r\n Motsepe pays more money to bench warmers than his Drill operators at Modikwa Mine

  • mattewis.kat - 2012-09-03 17:34

    So it's Partrice Motsepe's fault now, is it? I thought it was the "Boers"? I can only imagine what the Anglo Jewry owning the mines think about begin called "Boers". For Malema's sake he better hope there aren't criminal investigations into who IS the fraud!

  • henry.denner.3 - 2012-09-03 17:43

    Mr Malema has his own way of doing things, honestly! Bad-mouthing Mr Motsepe now??? Oh, my goodness!!!!! LOL!

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-03 17:49

      Yes., he's not thinkin st8\r\n..But for Motsepe case..its true\r\n Motsepe is stil underpaying his workers \r\n @Modikwa mine

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-03 17:43

    Juju is creating an impossible to deliver expectation. This will leave miners unhappy and aggressive. Mines cannot afford to pay R12500 to every miner. Mines would have to close down and workers will end up unemployed. There will be more blood. Juju must be held accountable for this uprising. I think NUM will take care of him soon. He has effectively committed political suicide. He has become rabid and needs to be dealt with accordingly

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-03 17:51

      DwarsMine n other mines are paying better than that, they can afford it.NUM is taking a percent that is why.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-09-03 17:52

    Julius is always talking rubbish but on Patrice motsepe's wealthy he's right, I mean the guy had nothing before his sister Bridget Radebe became a government minister of natural resources and mines in 1994, but now motsepe is on the rich Forbes magazine sitting up there with a mouth-watering $2.5billion bear this in mind American dollars not south African Rands, I always had a beef up by the way Patrice motsepe accumulated his wealthy, don't call me jealousy freak I'm just against nepotism because it disadvantages the majority and favours the political connected minority which is not good if we want to create a better or equal society.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-09-03 17:55

    Thank God he didn't say that he will lead them.

  • morama.sebata - 2012-09-03 17:56

    Malema might sound bad but the millionares and billionares ANC produced after 1994 are all politically connected.Patrice Motsepe's sister is married to jeff radebe who also has some shares inthe mining industries.So because Malema is kicked out,he now use this information to expose ANC which made him instant millionare just after being elected to the yooof lik top post.He knew about all Ramaphosa,Motsepe and all others before but because he was on the same gravy train he kept quiet untill's unfortunate that the majority of black nation is not well informed and is followed blindly.But still the fact remains that economic inequalities must be addressed and is the only voice south africa have.We are stuffed under the leadership of this ANC especially those who claims to have fought for freedom outside the country where a lot of people has died in the hands of ANC.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-04 10:09

      NO morama, you not stuffed under this ANC leadership, just vote them out... simple.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-09-03 18:02

    Hey 'fat boy' - any port in a storm... Trying very hard to gain 'brownie points' - regrettably you have already shot your bolt.... All your 'contradictory' statements (I will die for my President etc) are your 'downfall'...

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-09-03 18:06

    Malema u became a millionaire without work and what about tokyo

      Mdavu-zn De New Episode - 2012-09-03 18:16

      Sometimes it doesnt matter if who speak the words but if they make sense guys theres is no need to forsake and change the statement. If those Unions doesnt work with them then how can anything be solved? I know Malema isnt your favorite but guys lets just look at what he is saying here. We need to work together in solving this Marikana things. If you guys keep politicizing matters like this one we wont go anywhere instead more blood to see. with the hope that you will take this as my opinion not backing Malema but just looking at a bigger picture.

  • martin.greyling.54 - 2012-09-03 18:07

    I don't see why he is allowed to stir so much sh#?t, hasn't he been expelled?news24 or any other news agency shouldn't give this guy any platform to spread the sh#?t that comes out of his mouth.  The ANC and the President should stand up and take legal action against Malema for the disrespect he has shown to the president, ANC and our country.

      carl.jungt - 2012-09-04 12:15

      The last time I checked the worst disrespect the President of the Republic suffered was the 'Spear' painting saga. I'm not a Malema fan but fighting for the rights of miners is a noble course. If mineral resources could be shared evenly there wouldn't have been bloodshed.

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-03 18:11

    If only his brain was as shiney as that hippo fat smeared dome

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-03 18:17

    Will someone please shoot this MF with a missile through the head! A regular bullet will simply bounce off!

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-03 19:31

      Someone*\r\n You don't wanna b responsible?\r\n Sies,Nxa

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-03 18:23

    Malema I am not your supporter on that have a broken glass cpu to think like that.

  • richard.m.morema - 2012-09-03 18:26

    Viva Comrade Malema viva, keep it up for fighting better salary for mining workes. we still expect you to come to the ANC with full force to fight inside the revolutionary house.

      vusi.mkhize.731 - 2012-09-03 19:08

      dream on !!!

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-09-03 18:30


  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-09-03 18:31

    Most of those who keep criticising Malema are doing so because they feel threatened by his true words and because they get their money so simple while majority suffers.

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-03 19:24

      Thanx, Sir\r\n..He's saying this outta anger\r\n But its true

  • dmcmr.dhai - 2012-09-03 19:05

    The only reason why the media is giving this fat boy a platform to spew his venom is that Mangaung is still coming after that, he will be forgotten, no cameras will follow him...oh no, he will still be on the news but this time as a fraudster

  • zs5zk - 2012-09-03 19:17

    Julius Malema`s Mother does NOT know who her son, Julius Father was. She is well known under the locals that she was of Low Morals, that is why his Grand Mother took care of him and why he has a LIMITED Level of education.

  • judas.msibi - 2012-09-03 19:37

    how can a product of congress movement tells workers to be leaderless. Malema is a demagog.

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-09-03 19:45

    So if they all thought due themselves rather than listening to the rantings of mad men then maybe they would get somewhere.

      sharron.forsyth - 2012-09-03 20:24

      Thought for themselves. Sorry about the typo.

  • mthoko.xulu.96 - 2012-09-03 19:46

    Malema is crazy. I wish he could restricted from public speaking, he has done enough damage as is.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-04 10:12

      Wait, there's more... Don't you find it strange that when the ANC shot down the nationalisation calls the mines have seen an uprising in ILLEGAL strikes over miniscule things? The ANCYL also seem to be on the spot everytime, I see Lamola was at one of the mines flinging his dung on the workers through a loud hailer...

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-09-03 20:02

    Take your own advice and if you are expelled from your party form your own . Looks like another case of do as I say not as i do

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-03 21:51


      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-04 10:12

      Correction: Workers violently strike and kill other miners and policemen. Police react.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-03 21:54


  • samuel.misemengo - 2012-09-04 01:27

    I think, for the first, if Not the last time; I am impressed by Malema. He keeps things simple by calling a "spade" a "spade." He needs not rocket science; Malema looks in the eye of objective reality and speaks into the situation. Bravo Comrade. I love you. If you have a sister, I wouldn't think twice becoming your S'bali. Keep it up Bro!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-04 10:13

      Who else thinks this is just weird?

  • mcmwax.chinsolo - 2012-09-04 03:12

    Im sorry to say thus but I have to agree with him that somebody should be charged with fraud for the deductions

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-04 10:15

      Why when the miners demanded it in the first place... If you cannot see that there is a political reason why NUM is being targeted and suddenly a rise in AMCU then you need to go do some more research. I would not hesitate in saying their is a link between AMCU and "The Friends of ANCYL/Malema" who are hell bent on making the mining sector "ungovernable" so they can justify their calls for nationalisation after it was shot down by the ANC. The ANCYL is South Africa's terrorists.

  • herman.mosima - 2012-09-04 11:03

    From the onset i never supported the miners because of the violence that accopanied their legitimate demand for a better pay. Malema is right about unions though, they are powerless, teethless and useless. they are actually used to oppress the people. We can brace ourselves for more of similar illegal strikes in the not so distant future.

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-09-04 11:19

    What's the point of signing up with a trade union if you have to lead yourself? And isn't it about time individuals took responsibility for themselves (their actions, their inaction, their strengths and their weaknesses) rather than handing that power to a bunch of trade union moegoes.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-04 15:18

    Its ok for him to say that now, people are dead and he has done what he set out to do. Whatever transpires now is up to the miners. Malema's job is done he climbed back on to the podium and got the recognition he wanted.

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