Cosatu “will deal” with expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathenjwa, the union federation’s president, S’dumo Dlamini, said yesterday.

Cosatu was warning Friends of the ANCYL and Malema to “stop walking” on the bodies of the dead mineworkers, said Dlamini.

“For the first time, Cosatu is issuing a direct warning to Malema to stop using the Lonmin mine tragedy for his personal agenda.”

Dlamini was speaking at a Young Communist League of SA public lecture held in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni. Also present were ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, YCLSA general secretary Buti Manamela and SACP deputy chairman Thulas Nxesi.

Dlamini said Cosatu was under attack from Malema, Mathenjwa and former SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) boss Ephraim Mphahlele, who resigned from Satawu two weeks ago.

There was an orchestrated plan to weaken Cosatu, said Dlamini.

“To be able to weaken the ANC, they see it fit to weaken Cosatu. Theirs is a political agenda that seeks to replace the ANC leadership.”

Mathenjwa was expelled from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) due to ill-discipline several years ago, when Mantashe was its general secretary.

“Amcu will be defeated… NUM will remain a strong union for the workers,” Dlamini added. – Sapa