People losing confidence in govt - Malema

Julius Malema says government is suffering because it has lost control of the masses.

Julius Malema addresses workers at the Aurora mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema on Thursday told Aurora workers that people were losing confidence in government.

The East Rand mine stopped operations after it went into liquidation.

The company was headed President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa Mandela.

Thousands of workers were not paid for over two years before the company was liquidated, with claims that the pair stripped the company of its assets.

Malema said people were losing confidence.

"Our government is suffering because it has lost control of the masses."

He also told workers that it was clear that politicians were protecting the owners of Aurora.

"If there was correct leadership in this country, it would not take four years [for leadership to bring about results]."

Malema said he would support a planned strike at the mine next week.