Malema attacks Zuma

Former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in Carltonville at Gold Fields KDC west shaft to address striking miners on 11 September, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema on Tuesday said President Jacob Zuma needs to explain what he called an "undisclosed state of emergency" in Marikana.

On Monday, he was barred from speaking to striking Lonmin miners at the Wonderkop Stadium in the North West Province.

Police officers gave him 10 minutes to leave the mine or face arrest.

Speaking at a media briefing in Sandton on Tuesday, the controversial politician said the deployment of the army in Marikana was unjustified.

He said he would not be silenced. 

Malema said Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula signed his “death warrant” after labelling his talk with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members as “counter-revolutionary”.

He also accused Zuma of being a dictator, saying he was a liability to South Africa and the ANC.

The fiery politician said if anything happens to him in the coming days or weeks, Zuma will be to blame.

In the past few weeks, Malema has visited areas where miners have been engaged in wage strikes.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)