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Malema plans to address miners

Johannesburg - Expelled African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema will address mineworkers at the Meloding Stadium in Virginia, in the Free State, on Tuesday, according to the Friends of the Youth League (FYL) group.

In a statement, the FYL (also known as the Economic Freedom Fighters) said the workers had invited Malema and members of the organisation to speak to them.

Unlike at Julius Malema's two previous court appearances, provincial government leaders were not present in court to support him. Credit: Reuters

“This is unashamedly part of the mining revolution which will make all mines ungovernable until mine bosses have agreed to a minimum wage of R12 500 per month for all mineworkers and ultimately nationalisation of mines,” it said.

Several weeks ago Malema spoke to mineworkers at several mines in support of their strike, and called for a national strike by mineworkers for at least four days a month until their salaries improved.

When he tried to speak at a mine near Rustenburg, police stopped him and escorted him from the North West town. He has not spoken publicly to miners since then.

The Hawks are investigating Malema after the trade union Solidarity filed criminal charges of incitement to violence and intimidation against him.

This was following comments he reportedly made to striking mineworkers, urging them to make the mines “ungovernable”.

Last month, Malema was granted R10 000 bail by the Polokwane Regional Court, where he appeared on a charge of money laundering.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela has said Malema could face a 15-year prison sentence if convicted.

The charge relates to a R52-million tender awarded to On-Point engineers.

On-Point allegedly secured the tender fraudulently, and Malema is accused of benefiting from it.

According to court papers, deposits were made into Malema's Ratanang Family Trust to fund a farm and make payments for a luxury car. - Sapa

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