Malema arrives at Gold Fields mine

Ex-ANCYL leader Julius Malema arrives in Gold Fields' KDC gold mine in Westonaria to address striking workers.

Julius Malema

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema on Monday arrived at Gold Fields' KDC gold mine in Westonaria on Gauteng's West Rand.

The controversial politician was invited to address workers at the mine.

Last week, miners embarked on an illegal strike over various labour issues.

The striking workers sang struggle songs as Malema's Mercedes-Benz arrived at a township outside the mine.

According to police, some 3,000 men gathered to hear Malema's address, with officers maintaining a strong presence.

The workers were reportedly demanding that the National Union of Mineworkers (Num)'s current leadership be dissolved.

Malema had previously criticised Num, saying it is not acting in the interests of its members.

At the same time, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s Gauteng Secretary Dumisani Dakile said the federation was under attack by "opportunists" like Malema.

Dakile told shop stewards from various unions that there were attempts to divide the federation through "cheap politicking".

He said some people were taking advantage of the situation at Lonmin's Marikana mine where workers have been on strike "to further personal agendas".

"These attacks are not necessarily only for Cosatu-affiliated unions, but also to the ANC and our movement."

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was due to address the gathering later on Monday.