Pretoria - Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema is using death and misery in an attempt to make a comeback to mainstream politics, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) president S'dumo Dlamini said on Friday.

“That boy is walking on the bodies of all the people who were killed there (at Marikana). He is expelled, derogatory, 1/8a 3/8 renegade loose cannon. Who is Julius Malema?”

Dlamini was addressing a meeting of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union in Pretoria.

“I will not stop saying this, I have said it before. It was very wrong to take advantage of any people who are weak at any time to get back into the political system of this country.

“Nobody will be able to repair that boy, even doctors. I am not even affected by all his insults. I have made my point and I am still making it now.”

Malema used a recent memorial service for the 34 Lonmin miners killed in Marikana, North West, to attack the government.

On Thursday he arrived at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court, where 270 Lonmin workers were appearing on charges of public violence and murder.

Dlamini said the policemen who opened fire on the workers acted in self-defence.

“I am not even trained as a police (officer), but I can tell you that if you come to me, carrying a spear and I have a gun, I will defend myself. You would die a very foolish death if you do not defend yourself,” he said to applause.

“If you want a peaceful strike, leave the dangerous weapons at home. We are not ashamed to say this.” - Sapa