Malema blames mining companies for high levels of poverty
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:41:12
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says mining companies operating in the Rustenburg area are responsible for high levels of poverty and unemployment.
He criticised the ruling party for failing to hold these companies accountable for abiding by the dictates of the mining charter.
Malema concluded his week-long election campaign on Thursday in the Bojanala District in North West.
In Marikana, overlooking the world’s third largest platinum producer Lonmin, there are over 160 000 people living in informal settlements.
There is a dire need for services such as water, sanitation and housing.
Malema attributed these conditions to poor governance which includes the continued exploitation of the country’s mineral wealth.
He maintains the Marikana Massacre is reason enough why residents in the area should not vote for the ruling party.
“You can’t keep on voting for people who killed one of your own. The apartheid regime was punished for having killed our people. We saw the repeat of that here in Marikana and that must be punished,” adds Malema.
Picture: Julius Malema Twitter
It is seems as if his message has found resonance with residents. Marikana resident says, “We [will] vote for EFF because EFF is only the political party that raise the voice of the community in the Parliament.”
The EFF says its mandate from Marikana residents is to challenge mining companies on their failure to implement social responsibility programmes and social labour plans.
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