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Malema 'flabbergasted' by Marikana report

The EFF leader maintains Cyril Ramaphosa was at the heart of the tragedy and should be held accountable.

EFF leader Julius Malema in Parliament. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he's completely flabbergasted by the findings of the report.

"I am shocked and disappointed and to me it still feels like a nightmare and I still hope someone is going to wake me from this nightmare because I can't believe this is happening to the poorest of the poor."

Malema says his heart goes out to all of those who lost their loved ones during this tragedy.

"It's a sad day for our democracy and I can only imagine what the families of the deceased are going through now."

The EFF leader says his party will now have to make sure that those in power be held accountable for this incident.

"The EFF will have to come up with a strategy that will ensure the powerful ones are held responsible for the massacre."

He says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was at the heart of the tragedy and should be held accountable.

"I hold the strong view that Cyril must be prosecuted and we will ensure that he is brought to book because he was at the centre of the massacring of our people."

WATCH: Police gun down 34 miners at Marikana in shooting.

RAMAPHOSA NEEDS MORE TIME

Ramaphosa says he needs time to go through the full Marikana report before he can respond to its findings.

President Jacob Zuma has not taken immediate action against anyone involved in the Marikana tragedy.

Three months after receiving the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report, Zuma made its findings public on Thursday evening.

The commission found the police's tactical strategy on the day 34 miners were gunned down was "defective" and recommends an inquiry into the fitness of National Police Commissioner Riah Phyiega to hold office as well as North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo.

The commission found that although the legal team representing the arrested and injured miners submitted to the inquiry that Ramaphosa ultimately be held responsible for the killing of 44 people, he has done nothing wrong.

Shortly before the 16 August 2012 shooting, Ramaphosa who was a non-executive board member of Lonmin Mine, sent out an email calling on police to take concomitant action against protesters.

The deputy president's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said, "The deputy president has noted the release of the report and will study the findings and in due course provide his comment. He voluntarily gave evidence at the commission."

In August 2012, 34 miners were gunned down by the police at Lonmin's Marikana mine during a labour protest.

Ten people were also killed in the days leading up to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

An inquiry was established by the president to investigate if the police were justified in using lethal force.

The inquiry sat for 293 days and heard testimonies from 50 witnesses about the violence that broke out at the North West platinum mine.

WATCH: Zuma releases his findings on the Marikana report.

REACTION

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says it will be unfortunate if the report does not prioritise the compensation of affected workers and families.

"It will reinforce the perception that worker's lives and black are cheap in South Africa and if they get killed they get killed like flies."

Vavi says those at the bottom of the decision making chain seem to be taking the fall for poor decisions made.

"The foot soldiers seem to be the ones who will be taking the flack as is often the case. Even apartheid soldiers are the ones who took the flack."

At the same time, Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota says he believes there isn't enough political accountability shown in the report.

"You cannot put the blame on a bureaucrat because Phiyega is not in the position to take a political decision."

The Democratic Alliance's James Selfe says there is no political accountability.

"There is no political accountability by the then minister of police Nathi Mthethwa."

Meanwhile, the African National Congress says the commission's recommendations should be implemented urgently.

To read the full Marikana report, click here.

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