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EFF want Ramaphosa charged over Marikana

The EFF says it will launch a private prosecution of the deputy president if he is not charged.

EFF leader Julius Malema shouts at Blade Nzimande: “We are not afraid of Blade. We are not afraid of Zuma. We are not afraid of the ANC!” Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party will launch a private prosecution of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa if he is not formally charged over Marikana.

Malema also says if Ramaphosa is prosecuted over the Marikana shootings, he will have to step down.

He says Ramaphosa will have to pay the price for his actions at Marikana as he was ordered the killings of the striking miners.

“Cyril is the one who made all the calls. Cyril is the one who said it is not a labour dispute, it’s a criminal matter.”

He also says Gauteng African National Congress leader Paul Mashatile, will not stand by his comments for too long.

On Thursday, Mashathile said Nathi Nhleko’s findings that more government money has to be spent on President Jacob Zuma’s home are not ANC decision and that he disagrees with it.

Mashatile took part in Daily Maverick’s The Gathering conference on the Nkandla spending along with Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) leader Zwelinzima Vavi.

“All of you tomorrow you’ll still be here in South Africa, Paul is going to correct what he said before you here.”

Mashatile said that while he voted yes to an ad hoc committee being set up to discuss the Nkandla report, he did not necessarily agree with more security upgrades at the president’s private home. 

“For now I would like to say it’s his view. I heard for the first time that the minister said this. I don’t agree with it.”

He said the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) did not receive Nhleko’s report which was presented to the public.

“That report never came to the ANC. Because in our right minds we can’t say, when the public is complaining, that we’re going to spend more. That issue is still going to be discussed by the NEC itself, because it never came to us.”

Malema says he is not worried about his upcoming corruption trial, as there is no case against him. 

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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