(File image) Julius Malema. Photo: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg - Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema wants to see the country's miners strike five days every month, he said on Tuesday.

“The strikes in the different mines would have to be co-ordinated every month... The action will go on for five working days,” Malema said in an interview with CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour.

Earlier on Tuesday, speaking to miners at Gold Fields' Driefontein mine outside Carletonville, Malema called on all workers there to strike.

“There must be a national strike at all the mines until National Union of Mineworkers' secretary-general Frans Baleni and the union's leadership step down with immediate effect.”

Businesswoman and academic Dr Mamphela Ramphele told Amanpour there had been a failure of leadership in the country.

“Leaders, including Malema, have failed to step up and lead the country to realise that dream that emerged in 1994.”

Referring to the Lonmin's Marikana mine violence in which 44 people were killed, and subsequent wildcat strikes, Ramphele said it was time for leaders to play their roles.

The crisis in the mines would only end if the government and interested parties played their role.

“Government, unions, mining companies and the society should take up their roles and lead now.” - Sapa