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'Ramaphosa must be charged with murder'

Miners say the deputy president was the main instigator behind the killing of 34 of their colleagues.

FILE. Miners at the Marikana commission say Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was the main instigator behind the killing of 34 of their colleagues. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Marikana miners have labelled Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the main instigator behind the killing of 34 of their colleagues at the North West platinum mine in August 2012.

Ramaphosa spent two days on the stand at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry this week, answering questions about his involvement in the days leading up to the shooting.

He was a non-executive director at Lonmin Platinum at the time.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the miners, says Ramaphosa didn't do enough to stop the violence because he was more interested in financial gain for the company.

The deputy president appeared unfazed when he was heckled by a group of angry miners, who accused him of having blood on his hands.

"You killed them! This man killed the people of Marikana! He is a sell out for profit!"

Ramaphosa says he deeply regrets the deaths at Marikana but says it's a collective responsibility.

"As a nation we should dip our heads and accept that we did fail the people of Marikana."

Mpofu says the deputy president must be charged with murder, along with former police minister Nathi Mthethwa.

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