Malema calls on Vavi, Numsa & Amcu to unite workers

Julius Malema has urged Vavi and Numsa to form a stronger federation to rival Cosatu.

EFF president Julius Malema talking at the 2nd anniversary of the party. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leader Zwelenzima Vavi and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s Irvin Jim must join forces and build an independent socialist trade union that will take on Cosatu.

Cosatu has been divided with seven of its so-called rebellious unions supporting a campaign demanding Vavi and Numsa be reinstated.

But at its special congress this month, the federation refused to discuss the unions and Vavi's expulsion.

Malema told thousands of EFF supporters during the party's second anniversary in Rustenburg that the two unions and Vavi must stop wasting time and work on a united plan to save workers from Cosatu.

"Form a militant, uncompromising federation which will represent the workers of South Africa."

He also called on workers to stop financially supporting Cosatu

"Your money is used to finance the dysfunctional communist party, which is a faction of the ANC."

Malema has called on workers to unite and put pressure on their leaders.

The EFF has promised to visit workers at the Medupi power station to listen to their grievances.

Malema said his party will increase its fight against what it calls 'a corrupt ANC-led government' and the political influence Zuma has at Eskom.

Malema said the power utility is failing to keep the lights on while heavyweights like Ramaphosa benefit when government is doing business with the private sector.


The EFF leader also called for Ramaphosa to "rot in jail".

Malema said the deputy president and Zuma are stealing from the poor.

"I can never be out of order for telling the truth. Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa are criminals."

He also lashed out at those who are voting for the ANC despite knowing what the party is doing to them.

Malema said the only way the ruling party will stop being arrogant is when the EFF takes over and leads municipalities.