Ex-miners wait hours for Malema to speak

Asanda Nini

THOUSANDS of disgruntled former Eastern Cape mineworkers yesterday waited more than four hours in King William’s Town for Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

An estimated 3000 former mineworkers from across the province had gathered to voice their displeasure at the failure of government and mine companies to pay out claims including retirement packages, allowances and bonuses since 2009.

The large group – which comprised elderly and frail former mineworkers, their widows and children – were to have been addressed by Malema at about noon yesterday.

But by 3pm, when the EFF entourage led by Malema and the party’s provincial leaders had still not arrived, many packed up and headed home.

 

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