Malema steals the show at Marikana memorial

2012-08-23 18:18

Rustenburg - Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has called the government “a pig that eats its own people” in front of senior government minister, church leaders and striking miners.

It emerged on Thursday that the memorial service organised by government was snubbed by striking mine workers – in favour of a tent and a stage paid for by an organisation which supports Malema – the Friends of the Youth League.

This was according to Malema, who sprung his trap shortly before 15:00.

“This stage here, your government did not pay for anything. Your company did not pay for anything.”

Malema thanked the “fearless comrades” of the Friends of the Youth League for organising the event.

All of this took place in front of senior Cabinet ministers, while the stage which would apparently be used for government’s memorial service stood unused.

'Leaders benefitting with whites'

“Today they are all here, the only reason they are here is to pose for the cameras,” said Malema, ostensibly a reference to ministers present.

In attendance were, among others, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi as well as North West Premier Thandi Modise.

In reference to the 34 mineworkers who were shot, a fiery Malema said “we thought that under democracy our people would be protected, but the democratic government has turned against its own people”.

“The reason our government is failing to intervene in the mines is because our leaders are involved and benefitting with white people,” said Malema.

Shortly after Malema spoke, men wearing Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) shirts and brandishing knobkierries rushed onto the stage and began singing, after which the ministers left.

Modise did not make an address as was earlier announced.

Malema’s comments, to uproarious cheering and applause, were made despite pleas from church leaders that the event should “not be about political gain, but about poor people who lost their loved ones”.

Earlier, families who had lost loved ones were mourning near the koppie that has been at the centre of the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.

'Wasted lives'

Several women were wailing in grief and had collapsed, with family members attempting to revive them with water.

This was when Xolani Nzuza called mourners together and asked them to move down to the area where the tent was already set up.

Malema’s speeches were prefaced by hymns, prayers and songs led by religious leaders.

Strikers also retold the tale of how they were shot by police.

Reverend Joe Seoka, of the SA Council of Churches, said the 34 lives that had been lost in the shooting were “wasted lives”.

“It should not have happened,” he said.

He accused Lonmin management of refusing to participate in the work of the council before the shooting.

“If they had allowed us to go back and talk to the workers, there would not have been a need to shoot,” he said.

A father of a mineworker who was killed, Johannes Nkosabele, asked: “Does somebody get killed for demanding money?

“It does not make sense that our children are being killed by our own government”.

Singing mourners were climbing the koppie, as the last of the unused stage equipment was being removed.

  • pitso.dlungwana - 2012-08-23 17:04

    ds guy mst go n jump or kill himself.............

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-23 18:31

      Stealing the Show isn't the only thing he STOLE in his Life... Quelle Zot...

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-08-23 18:31

      He's not the only one who stole the show, some of them were on muti and stole the show behind the seen. - 2012-08-23 18:35

      JM...please start your own party

      paul.coetzee1 - 2012-08-23 18:41

      His woodwork skills will not make him a coffin maker but he is a grave digger of note.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-23 19:04

      Are we participating in the same reality with these people. Twilight Zone time again. The Fruitcake King again showed his hate for whites, the government made another b*&^up and the mourners seem to be taking that Muti again...

      ingi.raikes - 2012-08-23 19:08

      This dalema is not supposed to even be an issue!!! I thought he was banned.............the Govt. have lost control!!! Get rid of this twat, pronto!!!

      veldt66 - 2012-08-23 19:17

      Malema seized the momemt because of the inept gov, who can blame him?

      phuti.hlabane - 2012-08-23 19:23

      This guybhas the spunk,a lot are afraid of talking their mind.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-08-23 19:35

      So the government gets all the blame, its not like the police where shot at or attacked with knives and pangas, Now dudes Vote D A this sh! t will not happen.

      lownabester - 2012-08-23 19:36

      Why did Zuma run aaway!! Giving Fatboy just what he wanted, these are cowards trying to score points. Did any of them think of the families

      juicecard.tshaka - 2012-08-23 19:37

      Not only that but also pulling the carpet from under Zuma`s feet.I shudder to think what will happen if he succeeds to dislodge Zuma. ANARCHY!!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-08-23 19:47

      Not many of Malema supporters are privileged to comment on forums like News24.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-23 19:51

      Thabang you absolutely right... You know why??? Just go and have a look at Mal-Emma Qualifications...

      Vince.York - 2012-08-23 19:56

      Merely look for the scuttling little crab that races to the scene loudly blowing it's syfled trumpet after a brief visit to London on YL and state funding, and see how the "copycat style of undermine the western cape by the anc parent body" is being applied with no-holds-barred even to using sangoma drug concoctions to rouse the crowds into insanity // directed by communists who want a direct channel to SA coffers in the UK and Europe.

      nana.akua.12914 - 2012-08-23 20:29

      Really now Claudia, did ur nuclear family have any invention. Anyway lots of stuff I have is made in Asia (and they dont brag a thing but they work very hard not using people of the race they see inferior and claim sole ownership afterwards).

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-23 20:45

      nana.akua.12914 "...MADE in Asia..." I do not have a clue what the Tswana word is for "invent" - but read slowly what I noted: namely 'invented', 'designed', iow conceived, that is then exactly what Asia is - they make stuff, but invent little- to nothing; the words - "intellectual parasites" come to mind - do not have the Tswana for that either... "...they work very hard..." - ye right.., perhaps you have the Tswana word for "labor-camps" for us..? This is the problem with a large number of the people in Southern Africa - they refuse to acknowledge what SA's white community brought to Africa - until that day, SA will continue to spiral downwards into the abyss.

      zeb.rakolote - 2012-08-24 00:16

      What were the so-called ministers doing there? They arranged their "memorial party" somewhere but left it to join Malema at the hillside.Why?

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-24 10:16

      Can we not start an SMS line that can collect money to hire someone to actually take out this idiot for once and for all... At this stage I think it will be government sponsored

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-24 10:44

      So fatface can't let people mourn in peace, oh no, he's gotto have his little soap box to preach his lies. Seriously, I wish Malema would be hit by a truck.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-08-24 16:06

      You got to love comments on News24. When Malema blamed the ruling party for the massacre He was called an opportunist. However when other political parties blame the government(via media and at Parliament) they are given credit for challenging the government. Eish!!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-25 01:11

      Claudia, the Chinese INVENTED (yes, created it for the very first time) all of the following: gunpowder, paper, the compass (for navigation), block printing. All of this about 1000 years before the Europeans got around to it. They also invented paper money, the toothbrush, cast-iron, the blast-furnace and chrome-plating. Furthermore they identified and cured diseases caused by vitamin deficiency, and identified and treated sugar diabetes -- all before the time of Christ! They invented the geared sprocket-and-chain (used on bicycles, winches and machinery). Also the fishing-reel and the horse-bridle and stirrups. The rudder to steer a boat was invented there. The landmine and the hand-grenade and exploding cannon-balls, as well as multi-stage rockets. All before the first written word was recorded in English. Porcelain (china) and playing cards too. Toilet paper even. In modern times they've given us live animal cloning (firstly done with fish, and recently with sheep) and the "electronic cigarette" used by people trying to quit smoking tobacco ones. And Tianhe supercomputer interconnects (twice as fast as our old ones). And super-hybrid genetically-modified grain foods which can even be grown in arid semideserts.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-23 18:26

    What a joke this Mal Emmer is! Steals everything wherever he goes, doesn't he?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-24 16:11

      Oppertunism at its worst, political vampire.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-25 01:15

      Politics is all about opportunism, really. In the words of Victor Hugo, "there is nothing in the world more powerful than an idea whose time has come". And Malema -- convinced that the time has come for him and his ideas -- is wasting no chances of seizing every opportunity to make it happen.

  • phillip.harry.79 - 2012-08-23 18:27

    the rise of a despot, ...plain to see!!

      rontheogre - 2012-08-23 22:51

      JM quite aptly should use the term "PIG" on himself as he is using the bodies of 34 miners as a stepping stone to feed at the trough of capitalism he so despises. It makes me question the quality and sanity of people that support him and see him as their saviour. Images of Idi Amin come to mind.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-24 10:10

      Yes Ronald, he has the potential to become one of Africa's worst despots ever, he could make Mugabe look like Mother Theresa, fortunately we live in a country where there are enough people more than happy to stop him in his tracks.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-25 01:16

      Who might they be? Talkers all, doers none.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-23 18:28

    ps. I don't see much support and sympathy for the two security guards and the two policemen who were gunned down.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-08-23 18:28

    Fatboy stealing again - why am I not surprised.

  • king.rasta.583 - 2012-08-23 18:29

    go with grace malema

      Don.Tandy - 2012-08-23 21:26

      Go with anybody.....just go and never come back fatboy.

      toekzie - 2012-08-24 00:44

      Oh is THAT her name? I always wondered...

      tate.morele - 2012-08-28 18:21

      MALEMA TELLS IT LIKE IT IS ,LIKE IT OR NOT HE IS RIGHT THE WEALTH OF S.A. IS STILL IN WHITES hands and all the black puppets will blame him

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-23 18:30

    he think he is the messiah..... juliASS!!!!!!

      wim.kotze.9 - 2012-08-23 19:25

      Apparently his audiences think so too...

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-23 18:30

    Thats not all he steals! Yet the ruling party remain toothless and silent against blubber ball! They are all a joke!

  • gawie.botha - 2012-08-23 18:31

    "Warlord!" Julius Malema!

  • pj.egolie - 2012-08-23 18:31

    Julius Malema has called the government “a pig that eats its own people” Old Juul = ANC so what does he eat ?

      firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-08-24 09:34

      KFC Streetwise for 2

  • herman.heil - 2012-08-23 18:32

    That's it fat boy, spilt that criminal and incompetent ay-and-see right down the middle......hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • - 2012-08-23 18:34

    Start your own party JM!!!

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-23 20:02

      And u will be the first member in parliament with him ey

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-23 18:36

    The Messiah has arrived, bringing his own agenda, to people who have been misinformed and misled,

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-08-23 18:38

    Today was a good weather for a swim,wasn't it?

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-23 18:41

    if the anc dosent take him out now then i give up

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-23 19:16

      Yeah, really. How do they tolerate him?

      firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-08-24 09:34

      He is already out

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-25 01:18

      They'll only take him out to lunch.

  • chikunga - 2012-08-23 18:42

    malema with his populists ideas is succeeding in alienating himself by taking simple human principles for granted.he disgusts me

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-08-23 18:43

    Once again this IDIOT is promoting HIMSELF.

      james.s.bishop.7 - 2012-08-23 23:06

      No - News24 is promoting him for MONEY.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-25 01:19

      And what's wrong with a politician promoting himself, exactly?

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-23 18:46

    wonder who benefitted the most . moron the holly cow

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-23 18:49

    Jussus this is too much......

  • joachim.bernstein - 2012-08-23 18:52

    pigs dont know that pigs stink... All I can say.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-23 18:53

    Those who thought Malema was a joke will now realise how much influence this young man has.....

      Jennifer - 2012-08-23 18:59

      Behold! The Underminor He is so powerful, he is destroying the ANC from the inside like a Xenomorph ~right before our eyes. Money can't buy this. :D

      tobydt - 2012-08-23 19:06

      You mean how much under the influence this young man is.

      jacques.nortier1 - 2012-08-23 20:23

      We do not think he is a fool we know his an idiot

      brendan.rice.54 - 2012-08-23 21:09

      @tumisang you are absolutely right. he does have enormous influence, wether people like it or not. notice how he never denigrates or makes reference to the ANC in his verbal attacks? So no jennifer he is not destroying the ANC. he is undermining the government, which is where the ANC is regulated by the constitution. he is a very astute young man and is incredibly politicaly manipulative. there is a massive section of our population who feel they have been abandoned,left out, and side lined over the last 18 years. Malema is taping into their hurt and unhappiness and he will use it to his own ends, irrespective of the harm to this country and its people.

      maphasa.lenkoe - 2012-08-23 21:19

      @Brendan> powerful analysis man. I totally agree with you. Malema is clever than most of us here will dare to admit...although clever does not spell 'right'

      jeremy002 - 2012-08-24 14:04

      @Kolobe & Brendan - this does not dtract from the fact that the unions need to take full responsibility for the whole fracas, and the dead and others that escaped death need to take responsibility for their actions on the day, not the least of which is the consultation with songomas for the immunity muti, plus their obvious intent to do the police grievous harm, having done it earlier in the week as well. Who is investigating those deaths? This is typical of the sort of denial of responsibility and blame-shifting that always takes place. Also, nothing will detract sober, thinking, people from the fact that Malema shamefully used the memorial service to get political points. I don't care how clever you think he is, you are right, but the true facts remain.

  • mavhungu.chilidzi - 2012-08-23 18:55

    What show? People died there!!!

  • tobydt - 2012-08-23 18:56

    Thanks Julius. You are giving the DA a province or two.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-23 18:56

    Well he is probably right, but he also belongs in the same Sty and is Pi**ed that he can not get back to the Trough.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-08-23 18:56

    Fat face paid for the tent and sterio!! With the money he stole from our tax payers!!!Mmm braaaaag gat

  • mduduzi.dladla - 2012-08-23 18:59


      tate.morele - 2012-08-24 15:48

      He is right Ramaphosa sold us at Kemton park.codesa. u are an empty tin

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-08-23 19:00

    He paid for the tent and stage for his performance - not in sympathy he sat there laughing all the time!

  • Rampant - 2012-08-23 19:01

    It is sad that these idiots are useing this disaster to score points.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-08-23 19:05

    I wonder if the fat one would have felt the same way if the miners were white?

      tshifhiwad - 2012-08-24 00:55

      of coz whites wouldnt be paid such less

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-25 01:22

      Would YOU have felt any differently if those miners had been white?

      tate.morele - 2012-08-28 18:33

      all those police men will be suspended by now and murder charges laid against them, this whites are running our land by remote control .

  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-08-23 19:05

    What a clown: “Today they are all here, the only reason they are here is to pose for the cameras,” Ha, ha, and you aren't?

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-23 19:06

    He came in and occupied lime light not to pose for the cameras. Great tecnic and after the removal of Zuma he is comming in. Malema for president

      tobydt - 2012-08-23 19:07

      President of Suncity cellblock D :P

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  • Hugh - 2012-08-23 19:09

    God I am always amazed how people in their hast and hate miss the HUGE warning signs. Why are so many so blind? The game played by Malema is exactly that played by the ANC against the NATs. The ANC will end up between a rock and a hard place not knowing how to react. Watch the problems spread to every facet of business fanned by JM. Understand this guy has the wherewithal to go far.

  • oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-08-23 19:10

    A father of a mineworker who was killed, Johannes Nkosabele, asked: “Does somebody get killed for demanding money? YES.....FELLOW MINEWORKERS PREFERRING TO WORK INSTEAD OF CAUSING MAYHEM, DESTRUCTION, SECURTY GUARDS PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES, POLICEMEN TRYING TO KEEP THE PEACE.........WTF WERE THEY EXPECTING ???

      oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-08-23 19:12

      Oh, and Malema is a PARASITE, exploitng the death of people for publicity.....

  • deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-08-23 19:10

    After WWII Winston Churchill was asked why he was succesful against the Third Reich and he answered something to the effect that he read everything they wrote and listened to everything they said...and he believed them. Do not take this little Fatboy lightly, he is far more dangerous than we can imagine.

      tate.morele - 2012-08-24 15:54

      this little boy is fighting for our rights

  • kooskanmar - 2012-08-23 19:11

    Lol !!! - I love this infighting. The trough is getting too small for all the pigs. That includes the small potbelly piggy Malema. How pathetic - using funerals for publicity stunts. A new all time low for the ANC and ex-youth league members.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-23 19:17

    Another battle for a vantage position to tax payers money.

  • hunter.tseke - 2012-08-23 19:21

    We need this radical approach in order to change status quo of our country. We must all benefit or suffer!Why should only the elite enjoy our democrazy? Viva Malema, my future President.

      Sharmay - 2012-08-23 19:33

      I take it you don't understand that Malema's idea is to cause complete anarchy and is based on 'I want what you have'. You will suffer too my friend. You are just another pawn that he will stand on to claw his way into government coffers and he will chew everyone up (and probably swallow) and spit them out once he has what he wants. Shame.

      tate.morele - 2012-08-28 18:40

      viva Malema viva , just drive thru William Nicol drive and come and drive thru Chris Hani st then u will understand. Our masses are so poor believe it or not.

  • Hanno Van Helsdingen - 2012-08-23 19:22

    Malema is a racist cheered on by media reports. I am a proud non racist person. Your words are ill advised and you are stirring in a time where all SA must hold hands and work together.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-08-23 19:28

    Malema is smarter than you think!!! He is like a lawyer that knows the ins and outs of a contract. You might think it's an air-tight contract but Juju will find the loophole. Viva JUJU! Sifuna uJuju!

      Sharmay - 2012-08-23 19:36

      All I see is him trying to split the ANC ranks. Come election time, not so many votes for the ANC or Malema but enough to give the DA a couple more municipalities. So viva Malema, viva. Keep doing what you're doing. The DA thanks you.

  • fanie.oosthuizen - 2012-08-23 19:28

    This guy can trigger a civil war.Easy

      tate.morele - 2012-08-28 18:44

      yes y not , we share the wealth or we go the civil war way

  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-08-23 19:28

    The ANC and the government has totally underestimated him. They have a huge problem. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't get taken out.

      gary.smith.rsa - 2012-08-23 20:03

      @asarhondo. Be careful that your wishes don't come back to haunt you. It was not that many months ago that some of the Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho and Ndebele were killing foreigners like you and chasing you back to central and north Africa. Pasop whena! And if you don't understand then ask a real south African to translate for you.

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-08-23 19:31

    \Its very easy to point fingers but difficult to create peace\: Elvis Masoga(Political Analys)

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-08-23 19:33

    Julias you can try to manipulate the blind and only the illiterate will follow and support you. You're a disgrace to the organization you once represented. I pray for the day when people of AS would stop thinking that amongst this politicians there is a someone who'll save us cause they all the same that's why they're called politicians

      tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-23 19:46

      the illiterate represents more than 51% of the population

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-23 19:36

    This is for Thabo Mbeki, Hellen Zille, Mangosuthu Bothelezi etc, Malema thinks the people like him, well Malema be a man, start your own party and stop being all over the place, your embarrassing.

      tate.morele - 2012-08-24 15:59

      what party? he is an anc member dont u know that

  • andreas.meyer.12327 - 2012-08-23 19:36

    His "come back" doesn't really surprise me. And I expect to see more like that.

  • TheVern69 - 2012-08-23 19:36

    Whites again ey...thought he doesn't hate us...typical black persona! Grow up please you little rascist!

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-23 20:04

      no not typical black at all...typical idiot both black and white who claim to represent the majority with their stupid racist views.just like dont represent whites pal.

      TheVern69 - 2012-08-23 20:43

      Never wanted to present \pal\...especially not what this sorry excuse of a government you voted for! You must surely be one of the \comrades\? Tell me...why is it that the worst crimes in the last 20 years has been reported in Africa? Do you represent black people? Do you want to?\r\nIf malema gets into politics again through some rich making corrupt scheme again...enjoy and good luck when all the \whites\ that taught you how to be more human immigrates to much better countries where there is none of you who blames everyone for your hardships. You probably in your twenties,so you don't know anything bout apartheid anyway. Maybe you should go back to school to

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-08-23 19:41

    Oh, so this was a show!

  • joachim.bernstein - 2012-08-23 19:42

    People died here, kids have lost their fathers, and JM has a big fat smile on his face, I shake my head.

  • sam.brink.92 - 2012-08-23 19:47

    I watched the news tonight, eerie flashback to \the last king of Scotland\

  • amanda - 2012-08-23 19:48

    @ aarsondo your name serves you well. You are indeed an arss.