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Malema allowed to blame ANC for Marikana in Parliament

A High Court ruled it's not unparliamentarily to say the ANC government killed workers in Marikana.

FILE: Malema was kicked out of Parliament when he refused to withdraw his remarks that the ANC government was responsible for the deaths of 32 miners at Lonmin's Marikana Mine. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court on Wednesday ruled it's not unparliamentarily to say the African National Congress (ANC) government killed workers in Marikana.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema launched a legal challenge last year after National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise ordered him to leave the National Assembly chamber for comments he made about the Marikana massacre.

Malema was kicked out of Parliament when he refused to withdraw his remarks that the ANC government was responsible for the deaths of 32 miners at Lonmin's Marikana Mine on 16 August 2012.

When Modise ordered Malema to leave the chamber, he was followed by other members of his party.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said this is a victory for democracy and the working class.

He said Modise's ruling was an attempt to censor the truth in Parliament.

In court papers, Malema maintained his statements were in line with his Constitutional right to freedom of speech.

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