Concerns over Malema's Marikana mission

There are calls to prevent former ANCYL leader Julius Malema from speaking to Marikana miners.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are now being asked about whether any legal steps can be taken to stop Julius Malema from speaking to Marikana miners.

The former ANC Youth League president was meant to address miners on Thursday but his visit was cancelled because of heavy rainfall in the area. He is expected to return to the Lonmin mine soon.

On Wednesday, government said it would act to prevent anyone from inflaming the Marikana situation, while trade union Solidarity has laid criminal charges of incitement against Malema.

Dean of Law Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Hugh Corder said under Common Law incitement is a crime.

"Anybody who incites someone to do something which is a criminal offence is regarded as being more or less as guilty as the person committing the offence."

Malema has been very vocal about his support for the striking miners.

He has called on the miners to continue striking until their demands for a salary of R12,500 are met.

In August, 44 people lost their lives during clashes with police at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West.

Malema has called on President Jacob Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to resign, saying the incident happened under their watch.

Zuma has since instated a commission of inquiry to investigate the bloodshed.

Malema has been criticised for using the bloodbath to re-launch his political career.

The Marikana incident was only mentioned briefly in a Cabinet statement issued on Friday following a government lekgotla this week.