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Malema lashes out at Ramaphosa, Radebe

Julius Malema said the two NEC members benefit from the mining industry.

Former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in Carltonville at Gold Fields KDC west shaft to address striking miners on 11 September, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema on Tuesday lashed out at ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) members Jeff Radebe and Cyril Ramaphosa.

Speaking at a press conference in Sandton, he described the two politicians as "conflicted players" in the Marikana saga.

At least 35 demonstrators were killed at Lonmin's North West mine when police opened fire on protesters on August 16.

The workers were protesting over wages.

Malema, who was barred from addressing striking workers on Monday, said Radebe and Ramaphosa were too worried about protecting the financial interests of their families.

He said both men were married to mining mogul Patrice Motsepe's sisters, making is easy for President Jacob Zuma to behave like a "dictator".

"If Radebe is married to Bridgette (Motsepe's sister) and they are married in community of property, then it means her shares are those of Radebe."

Malema called on Zuma to explain what he called an "undisclosed state of emergency" in Marikana.

He said the president was a liability to South Africa and the ANC.

The controversial politician also criticised government's decision to deploy the army to the volatile mine.

He said the move was unjustified.