Malema criticises Num leaders

Julius Malema tells striking Goldfields miners they have the power to change union leadership.

About 3,000 men gather outside the Goldfields' KDC gold mine in Westonaria to hear Former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema address them over labour disputes on 3 September, 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema on Monday told striking miners at Goldfields' KDC mine in Westonaria that they have the power to change union leadership.

He addresses a crowd of more than 3,000 workers.

Malema called on the miners to continue with their illegal strike until National Union of Mineworkers (Num) leaders step down.

The controversial politician said union leaders were hijacked by ANC leaders with political agendas.

He said Num leaders tried to steal money from the workers by deducting R70 from their salaries for funeral plans, without their consent.

Malema told the miners to fight to remove leaders who do not want to be criticised and those who do not interact with the workers.

The crowd cheered as Malema spoke.

He told the miners to continue fighting for their demand of a basic salary of R12,500.

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