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Malema: Zuma's dictatorship won't stop me

Julius Malema says government’s “military" style of leadership won’t stop him from defending the poor.

Expelled ANC Youth league president Julius Malema with Floyd Shivambu. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema says he will never be silenced and that he is not intimidated by government's attempts to do so.

He addressed the media at a Sandton venue on Tuesday, a day after he was barred from addressing miners at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West.

Miners were at the time in week five of their illegal protest for better wages.

The workers reached an agreement with mine management yesterday.

Malema told the media President Jacob Zuma's "military" style of leadership will not deter him from fighting for the poor.

He said he was called to the mining town by the miners whose homes had been raided in an operation to disarm them and remove their traditional weapons.

Government announced it would disarm all striking miners to end intimidation and violence that has seen a bloody strike kill 45 people.

Government also threatened to arrest anyone who participated in illegal gatherings, but the ANC enemy questioned the definition of an illegal gathering.

"What is an illegal gathering in a post-apartheid South Africa? This has gone too far. Dictatorship is gaining momentum," said Malema.

He was on Monday escorted out of Marikana by the police, while a helicopter followed him to his destination in Pretoria.