Johannesburg, South Africa — 12 September 2012 – Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has called for a national strike at all mines until such time as the entire National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) leadership steps down.
“There must be a national strike at all the mines until Frans Baleni and the NUM leadership step down with immediate effect,” Malema told a packed stadium at the Gold Fields KDC West gold mine near Carletonville, where 15 000 workers are on strike, reports Fin24.
“The problem is not the NUM. The problem is the leadership who take money from mlungu (whites).” Malema said the R12,500 salary workers wanted was a reality.
“Comrades, you don’t have leaders. You are leaderless. But you are not alone. We are encouraged by what you are doing,” Malema said. “Making mines ungovernable does not mean violence, it means downing tools.”
Malema said he and his companions had travelled to the mine to meet “the real revolutionaries.”
“This is a serious revolution. Don’t give up,” he added.
The KDC West mine obtained an interdict on Monday for workers to return to their posts after they suddenly went on an unprotected strike on Sunday.
Malema has been touring mines and addressing disgruntled mineworkers. He had already spoken at Lonmin, where workers have been on strike for a month, with the rallying cry that their pay be raised to R12,500 a month.
Malema also spoke at Aurora’s Grootvlei mine, which is in the process of being liquidated.
The Youth League and the ANC have been at loggerheads over the nationalisation of mines, for which the league is lobbying, but the ANC has said is not feasible.
Forty-four people have died in violence associated with the Marikana strike “’ 34 when police fired on protesters there last month.
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