JOHANNESBURG. — Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema vowed his party would make sure Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was jailed for his alleged role in the Marikana massacre.
Malema said this while addressing about 200 EFF members outside the Marikana Police Station.
This was shortly after his party laid criminal charges against six people including Ramaphosa, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and his Mines counterpart Susan Shabangu for their alleged involvement in the Marikana massacre.
The charges are for conspiracy to murder, murder and attempted murder. They relate to the wage strike that occurred outside Lonmin Mine in Marikana on August 16, 2012, where police shot dead 34 striking miners and wounded 78 others.
Mthethwa was Minister of Police at the time while Ramaphosa had shares in Lonmin. Prior to the massacre, Ramaphosa reportedly criticised the strike as criminal and urged “concomitant action” to address the situation in an e-mail he sent to Lonmin’s chief commercial officer.
The e-mail was released to the Farlam Commission by advocate Dali Mpofu, who represented the miners who were injured and arrested in Marikana.
Malema said the investigation should include checking Ramaphosa’s e-mails and phone calls he transacted during that time.
“We want the big fish which is Ramaphosa, Shabangu and Mthethwa,” said Malema.
“The police must check all the e-mails Cyril sent during that period. We cannot afford to have politicians who are abusing the law. We are going to pursue this case until there is leadership change in our country.”
North West police spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko confirmed that three charges were laid against “six suspects” but declined to reveal their names.
“We can assure the public that the matter will receive the necessary attention. We will look into the allegations and decide on the way forward,” said Ramaloko.
Malema pointed out that his party would make sure that Lonmin paid every family of the people who died in the massacre R10 million and R5 000 for every wounded worker.
He said the Farlam Commission probe into the massacre was just the tip of the iceberg, adding his party would wage more battles against the ruling elite over the matter. Many EFF members expressed a wish of seeing Ramaphosa going to jail over the massacre. Lesego Mlatjie said: “Ramaphosa must go to jail for what he did because many people are without breadwinners today.”
President Jacob Zuma released the Marikana report last Thursday, which exonerated Ramaphosa and Mthethwa of any wrongdoing.
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. — The Citizen.