South Africa 2.7.2015 01:57 pm

Malema to take Ramaphosa to court over Marikana

FILE PICTURE: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: Neil McCartney

FILE PICTURE: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: Neil McCartney

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will on Friday press criminal charges against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and arts and culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa for their alleged role in the Marikana massacre.

The announcement was made by EFF leader Julius Malema during a media briefing in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, today.

Police shot 34 miners dead and wounded 78 others during a labour protest outside Lonmin mine in Marikana on August 16, 2012.

President Jacob Zuma released the Marikana report last Thursday, which exonerated Ramaphosa and Mthethwa of any wrongdoing.

However, Malema insisted that Ramaphosa “played an influential role” in the massacre by conspiring to commit murders of the workers. He said police investigators should look into Ramaphosa’s phone and e-mail records he transacted on the day of the incident.

“We are convinced there is dangerous information hidden in Cyril’s electronics,” said Malema. He said his party would also press charges against the Lonmin directors at the Marikana police station on Friday.

Reading the summary of the report, Zuma said Farlam Commission had found that it could not say Ramaphosa was the cause of the massacre and that the accusations against him were groundless. Ramaphosa was a shareholder at Lonmin at the time of the massacre.

Prior to the massacre, Ramaphosa reportedly criticised strikes, saying they are criminal and urged “concomitant action” to address the situation in an email he sent to Lonmin’s chief commercial officer. The email was released to the Farlam Commission by advocate Dali Mpofu, who represented the miners who were injured and arrested in Marikana.

Asked if a decision to open a criminal case against Ramaphosa was inspired by his involvement in the process that led to his expulsion from the ANC, Malema said he had no personal vendetta against Ramaphosa.

“There is no targeting of Cyril because we were not in the commission. We were not expelled by Cyril. We were expelled by an Afrikaner called Derek Hanekom,” said Malema.

“Mthethwa, who was police minister when the miners were killed, also conspired to murder the workers and celebrated the massacre with the government,” added Malema.

 

 

 

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