EFF to take legal action against Lonmin, Ramaphosa & police

The party says it will lay criminal charges against those it says are responsible for the Marikana massacre.

The Economic Freedom Fighters leadership at the party’s press conference on the Marikana report on 2 July 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say it will lay criminal charges against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Lonmin and senior police management over the 2012 Marikana massacre.

On Thursday, party leader Julius Malema held a briefing on the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report which found the police's operation on the day 34 miners were gunned down was "defective".

The party will travel to the Marikana Police Station in the North West tomorrow to lay the charges with Malema accusing government and police of "conspiracy to commit murder".

"Politically, the EFF will use all its available platforms to expose the murderous regime of the ANC. We will mobilise, agitate and educate the whole of South African society and the world to see the hypocrisy of the ANC government."

Malema also accused Lonmin of tax evasion.

"Report Lonmin to the South African Revenue Services for all cases of aggressive tax avoidance, which stole potential money for workers and for the state, as it is required by the law."

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The EFF says the truth about the killing of 34 miners almost three years ago will only be revealed through a criminal investigation.

Malema says it's absurd that politicians are not being held responsible before and after the August 2012 shooting.

He says Nathi Mthethwa, who was the police minister at the time, must also be charged.

"[He] conspiring to commit murder of workers in Marikana and celebrated the massacre on behalf of government after the killing."

Malema says while his party doesn't trust the police to investigate its own men and women in blue, the red berets believe there are individuals who will uphold the constitution and make the right call.

He has promised he won't give up until politicians take responsibility for the killings.

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Malema has quoted extracts of submissions made to the Farlam Inquiry which were captured in the commission's final report to back the party's argument as to why government and the police need to take responsibility for the shooting.

He says North West Police Commissioner at the time, Zukiswa Mbombo, was scared of Ramaphosa and more specifically the political power he wielded.

"She perceived it as pressure from Mr Cyril Ramaphosa whom she considered to be politically influential."

The EFF says although it feels Ramaphosa is always "sniffing for money" the party is not targeting him.


Shortly after its release last week, Malema said he was 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."

At the time Malema said his heart went out to all of those who lost their loved ones during the tragedy.

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

He said 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."