Malema praises Mathunjwa
The EFF leader told mineworkers this afternoon that the ANC is colluding with mining bosses.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has enough money to be shared by all people who live in it, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday.
He was speaking to striking platinum mineworkers in the North West.
The EFF is in Freedom Park to canvas for votes in the final few hours before South Africans cast their ballots.
Hundreds of miners from Impala Platinum (Implats) gathered in the area today.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula received a hostile reception in Freedom Park last month while campaigning for the ANC.
Malema proved to be a lot more popular in the area.
He praised Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa for his fight for higher wages on the platinum belt.
The EFF leader also used the opportunity to slam the ANC and government for failing to listen to miners.
The controversial politician said when the red berets are voted into power, the party will ensure mine bosses sign salary demands made by workers.
Malema also encouraged voters to contribute to the strike fund established to support mineworkers and their families.
He said he will also improve the housing conditions of mineworkers.
"Remember that they [workers] didn't receive houses but were given modern shacks."
Malema's final visit was to Marikana, where he addressed Wonderkop residents.
This is the area where he launched his party last year.
At the gathering, the EFF leader once again launched a scathing attack on the ANC and President Jacob Zuma.
Malema said the president avoided Marikana shortly after the deadly August 2012 shooting that resulted in the deaths of 34 striking miners.
He told supporters to think about the shooting when casting their ballots tomorrow.
Miners affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been on strike for over three months now, demanding a basic monthly salary of R12,500 a month.
About 70,000 mineworkers from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Lonmin and Implats are taking part in the industrial action.
Amcu on Monday rejected the latest offer by employers.
Since then, negotiations between the companies and union bosses have stalled at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.
Mathunjwa has claimed that mine bosses are using underhanded tactics.