Malema to lay charges against Marikana cops

Julius Malema is expected to lay murder charges against the police following the Marikana shooting.

Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema arrives at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in the North West on 18 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is due to lay murder charges at the Marikana Police Station following the fatal shooting which left 34 Lonmin mineworkers dead.

At least 78 others were also injured during crashes between police and striking mine workers last Thursday.

Members of the Marikana community are expected to join Malema in laying murder charges against the officers involved in the bloodbath.

Malema's right hand man, Floyd Shivambu, on Monday said police must be held accountable for the killings.

He said officers must prove in a court of law that the shootings were in self defence as they claimed.

An organisation aligned to the league called 'Friends of the Youth League' are expected to pay the legal costs for more than 250 miners who were arrested during the violence.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has called on officers not to blame themselves following the shooting.

Phiyega believes there was no other way of dealing with the situation.