As South Africans await the results of the local national elections, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has told striking mineworkers in the country’s platinum sector to intensify their strike.

“This is the longest strike since 1984. We are proud of you. We are not ashamed to be associated with you. The strike must continue. We support Amcu in the fight for a better wage. It is the only union crippling the capitalists.” Malema said at a rally in Rustenburg, attended by 5 000 supporters.

Malema told the crowd in Freedom Park that the fourty four mineworkers killed in a violent wage strike at Lonmin’s mine Marikana in 2012 reflected the need for change in the country – a change the people would need to bring themselves. “Remember the orphans of Marikana. Remember the mineworkers who died fighting for a better wage,” he said.

Currently, members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Impala Platinum, Lonmin, and Anglo American Platinum have been on strike since January 23 demanding a basic salary R12 500 per month.

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