Malema trying to destroy ANC - Cosatu

Cosatu has accused former ANCYL leader Julius Malema of using the Lonmin memorial service for politicking.

Cosatu briefs the media on the Lonmin Marikana tragedy on 24 August 2012. Picture: Stephen Grootes/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday accused former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema of engineering the events that saw ministers hastily leaving the memorial service for Marikana miners.

The service was meant to remember the 44 miners, including police officers, killed during violent clashes last week.

Malema was one of the key speakers during the Thursday's service.

He told the mourners that ministers only attended the memorial service to pose for pictures.

Malema also urged miners to continue fighting for better salaries.

Cosatu claims Malema is trying destroy the movement for his own ends.

Cosatu President S'dumo Dlamini said the Marikana events were carefully planned.

"The event was engineered, planned to insult everyone that they think is the opponent on their agenda."

While National Union of Mineworkers (Num) General Frans Baleni said government was told not to provide a podium or a tent for the service.

"This young fellow suffering from poor parental workmanship he then indicated these ministers have not provided a tent."

He said that was a planned political manoeuvre.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has established a commission of inquiry to investigate the Lonmin bloodbath.

The commission has four months to conclude its investigation.