South Africa 4.7.2014 07:00 am

Julius Malema labelled ‘little Hitler’

FILE PICTURE: General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers Frans Baleni. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers Frans Baleni. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary Frans Baleni dropped a political bombshell yesterday when he claimed that the metalworkers’ union Numsa was likely to join Boko Haram – a Nigerian terror group that recently abducted schoolgirls.

Speaking at the union’s central executive committee meeting in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, Baleni also hinted that Numsa was likely to join Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters and the AWB.

Baleni labelled Malema a “little Hitler” who had already told EFF members that anyone who challenged him would be crushed.

“The EFF is busy raising R16 million for its leader,” he said.

“They just got into Parliament and they are already fighting. This little Hitler said he will squash anyone who challenges him.”

He slammed labour federation Cosatu’s general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi for thanking striking Numsa members this week for saving him from hyenas and lions.

“Now who are these hyenas?” Baleni asked. “Hyenas devour an animal while it is alive. Clearly, there cannot be a cessation of hostilities on one side and no cessation of hostilities on the other.

“We need to be consistent with our disciplinary processes because women are always the victims.”

Baleni said it would take workers 126 months to recover from the recent Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) strike. “Those about to retire will never recover,” he said.

“Platinum workers have gained R356 a month after the strike and lost R45 000… 60 000 jobs were lost in three mines between 2012 and now.”

He echoed ANC statements that there was good story to tell, saying those who disputed this were “blind”.

According to an NUM secretariat report, the emergence of splinter unions in the platinum belt was cause for concern. “The failure of Amcu to gain any meaningful benefits out of a long strike is a demonstration of this fact,” the report said.

 

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