I don’t trust Lonmin inquiry - Malema

Julius Malema has accused police of using avoidable force during Thursday’s Marikana bloodbath.

Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema visited striking Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana in the North West on 18 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema and seven Lonmin workers on Tuesday laid charges against police officers involved in Thursday's Marikana shooting.

The officers were charged with murder, attempted murder and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Malema has accused the officers of using unnecessary force to quell demonstrations in the North West town.

On Thursday, 34 people died and 78 others were injured when police opened fire on protesters.

Malema said he laid charges because authorities were not investigating the violence properly.

He said officers who opened fire at striking miners should be arrested.

The former ANC Youth League leader said he did not trust the inter-ministerial committee set up by President Jacob Zuma to probe the incident.

The president appointed Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane to head up the inquiry.

Meanwhile, politicians on Tuesday gathered in Parliament to discuss the violence, which started when almost 3,000 rock drill operators downed tools over pay.

At least 44 people died in the week-long violence.