Num leaders head to Gold Fields mine

The National Union of Mineworkers also hit out at ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

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 - National Union of Mineworkers (Num) leadership on Monday said it will go to the Goldfields Kloof Mine to speak to striking workers.

Miners downed tools last week after branch leaders allegedly tried to steal money from workers by forcing them to open a funeral policy.

Num President Senzeni Zokwana said the workers were agitated by comments made my former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

The union described his call for striking miners to make the sector ungovernable as "promoting outright anarchy".

Num said the controversial politician's comments were "tantamount to economic sabotage".

Speaking before workers at the mine on Monday, Malema told employees that they have the power to remove Num's leadership.

He said the union was stealing money from the workers by deducting R70 from their salaries for funeral policies.

The move was apparently done without their consent.

Num denied it was siding with mine management, saying they have led many successful negotiations in the past few months.

Zokwana said they hope to resolve the issue on Tuesday and that workers will return to work on Wednesday.