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FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN WIRES 09/11/12:
Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema called for a national strike at all mines on Tuesday until the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) leadership steps down.
"There must be a national strike at all the mines until Frans Baleni and the Num leadership step down with immediate effect," Malema told a packed stadium at the Gold Fields KDC West gold mine near Carletonville, where 15 000 workers are on strike.
"The problem is not Num. The problem is the leadership who take money from mlungu (whites)."
Malema said the R12 500 salary workers wanted "is a reality".
Baleni, Num's general secretary, read about their demands in newspapers.
"Comrades, you don't have leaders. You are leaderless. You are not alone. We are encouraged by what you are doing," Malema said.
Making mines ungovernable did not mean violence, "it means downing tools".
Malema said he and his companions had travelled to the mine to meet "the real revolutionaries".