Malema in Marikana to lay charges against Ramaphosa

The EFF will also lay criminal charges against Lonmin directors for conspiring to kill striking workers.

Dozens of EFF supporters gather outside the police station in Marikana. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has arrived at the police station in Marikana where he will lay charges against deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Lonmin and police top brass over the Marikana massacre.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report into the events at Marikana exonerated Ramaphosa and other ministers.

Malema announced on Thursday he would open a case against Ramaphosa, former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and South African Police Service bosses this afternoon.

The party will also lay criminal charges against Lonmin directors for conspiracy to kill striking workers.

The red berets want the North West platinum mine to pay out R10 million to the families of each of the 34 miners who were gunned down by police almost three years ago, and an additional R5 million to each injured worker.

Malema has been inside the police station for over an hour now and his supporters are waiting outside the police station gates, hoping he'll address them before he leaves Marikana.

The red berets have been singing songs about justice and have called for South Africa to save Marikana.

Earlier, Malema said his party would make sure President Jacob Zuma was unable to influence the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in his bid to have politicians involved in the Marikana tragedy prosecuted.

Malema said it was sad that these days there was no guarantee that the courts would not be pressured by the president.

"They all believe in the theory of personal rule. There's respect of an individual more than state institutions."

The EFF wants the police to analyse Ramaphosa's electronic devices, saying it is convinced the deputy president is deliberately hiding information to dodge the law.