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Malema lashed out at the National Union of Mineworkers leader, Frans Baleni, saying he earns more than 1 million rand ($122,000) a year sitting on boards of mine companies.

NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka responded bluntly: "It’s all lies."

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Malema himself is being investigated by police for fraud regarding money paid into his family trust and by the revenue service on tax payments. Police have said they are getting close to arresting Malema. Malema has said his arrest would be politically motivated.

NUM leaders support Zuma’s bid for re-election as president of the ANC at a December congress. Many miners accuse the NUM of being more concerned about politics and business than the shop-floor needs of miners who complain they do not earn enough to feed their families and send their children to school.

More than 10,000 workers halted operations since Sunday night at the west section of Gold Fields International’s KDC gold mine. The strikers are demanding the removal of NUM shop stewards and a monthly take-home wage of 12,500 rand ($1,560). Some 12,000 miners at east KDC staged a weeklong illegal strike that ended Sept. 3 to demand the removal of NUM shop stewards.




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