Malema, Shivambu ordered to leave Parly again

The pair refused to withdraw comments made about Ramaphosa being responsible for the deaths at Marikana.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu were this afternoon ordered to leave Parliament during a question and answer session with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

They were ordered to leave after refusing to withdraw comments made about Ramaphosa being responsible for the deaths of the Marikana miners.

Malema accused Ramaphosa of having the blood of Marikana's slain miners on his hands.

The controversial politician was asking the deputy president a follow-up question about his testimony at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the massacre.

The EFF leader was ordered to withdraw the remark by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

When he refused, he was ordered to leave the house.

Shivambu challenged Mbete's ruling and accused Ramaphosa of being a murderer.

"What rules are forbidding us to say that Cyril is a murder? He is a murderer of workers at Marikana it's a fact."

He reportedly showed the deputy president the middle finger.

Shivambu was also ordered to leave, at which point, all EFF Members of Parliament exited the house with Malema.

Ramaphosa spent two days on the stand at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry last month, 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.

The deputy president 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 had sent an email to his board members in the days leading up to the 16 August, 2012 shooting, calling for concomitant action.

During his testimony, he clarified what meant saying, "Several people were killed. I viewed these incidents as criminal acts. The descriptions of people being killed were in most brutal ways. I felt duty-bound to try and help. Lonmin executives knew I could communicate a message to the police minister."

Ramaphosa told the commission he deeply regretted the deaths at Marikana but said it was a collective responsibility.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing wounded and arrested Marikana miners, said the deputy president must be charged with murder, along with former police minister Nathi Mthethwa.