Malema is using desperate miners - DA

The Democratic Alliance has blamed Julius Malema for the shooting at the East Rand’s Gold One Mine.

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

JOHANNESBURG - While police say details relating to a shooting at the Gold One Mine on the East Rand remain unclear, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has blamed it on Julius Malema.

Police said five people were wounded on Monday, during a protest by miners who were dismissed by Gold One management in June.

A case of attempted murder is being investigated; after the mine's private security fired rubber bullets at the demonstrators.

"Police are investigating a case of attempted murder…We can also confirm that four others were arrested for public violence," said police spokesperson captain Pinky Tsinyane.

The strikers were allegedly intimidating non-striking employees.

During Malema's visit to the mine last week, protesters vowed to bring the mine to its knees over their dismissal and alleged non-payment.

But DA legislator James Lorimer has warned the miners are being used in the ANC's internal power struggle ahead of its national elective conference in Mangaung this December.

"The strikers are being used by Julius Malema in his bid for power.

"The ANC should get its own house in order because its power (struggles are) impacting on the health of the mining industry and the well-being of the mineworkers."

Meanwhile, Malema has been very vocal in his support for mineworkers.

A total of 34 people were reported to have been killed during clashes with police just outside Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West on 16 August.

Ten more people were killed during the almost four-week strike over wages by Lonmin rock drillers.

Malema has visited several mines in Gauteng and the North West provinces to show solidarity and encourage miners to fight for economic freedom.

He has called for President Jacob Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to resign, saying the fatal shooting happened under their watch.

A judicial commission of inquiry is currently investigating events around the shooting.