'Marikana blood on Ramaphosa's hands'

ANCYL says Cyril Ramaphosa's email to Lonmin bosses is to blame for the Marikana bloodbath.

Businessman and ANC NEC chairman Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League on Wednesday said the blood of the Marikana miners is on the hands of Cyril Ramaphosa.

The heavyweight ANC businessman businessman has been accused of calling for maximum force to be used on striking miners - a day before the deadly shooting which claimed 34 lives.

The ANCYL said Ramaphosa should apologise to the families of victims for inciting violence.

It emerged in the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that Ramaphosa sent an email to Lonmin bosses and government officials - 24-hours before the killings - calling for action to be taken.

In his correspondence, Ramaphosa allegedly described the events around the illegal strike as criminal acts.

The youth league's Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said Ramaphosa intended for miners to be killed.

"The emails read that he [Ramaphosa] wanted equal action which means he advocated for the use of maximum force."

The youth league said Ramaphosa has lost his credibility as a leader for advocating violence in a bid to preserve his monetary interests in Lonmin.