Juju, Joseph are peas in a pod: iLIVE
Julius Malema and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa have both been expelled for ill-discipline from their respective organisations. Malema was suspended from the ANC last year and Mathunjwa was expelled from the National Union of Mineworkers in 1998.
Typical of renegades, they believed they were bigger than their organisations.
With a bitter heart, Mathunjwa formed Amcu, a sweetheart union now notorious for illegal and violent strikes, as seen at Lonmin and Impala Platinum mines. What is strange is how management has been complacent and, in some cases, collaborated with Amcu to weaken the NUM.
It is not the first time Amcu's strange relationship with mining bosses ended in violence - the Implats strike, in which more than 130000 workers were dismissed, was aimed at liquidating the NUM. The motives behind Marikana are not different.
During the Implats strike, Amcu invited Malema, as is the case at Marikana. Is Amcu a union, or a party in the making?