Malema formally lays charges against Ramaphosa & police

EFF leader Julius Malema says South Africa cannot have a situation where politicians are above the law.

EFF leader Julius Malema outside the Marikana police station. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

MARIKANA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has opened criminal cases against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and South African Police Service (SAPS) bosses in Marikana .

He says South Africa cannot have a situation where politicians are above the law and won't stop until those responsible for Marikana are behind bars.

He adds they must all be investigated for conspiracy to commit murder.

Malema spent over an hour in the Marikana police station laying charges against all those he believes should be held responsible for the 2012 shooting.

He made a point of assigning a large amount of the blame to Ramaphosa, who had sent an email on the eve of the shooting calling for 'concomitant action'.

Malema says a proper investigation may prove that Ramaphosa did in fact conspire to kill miners during the Marikana tragedy.

But he believes there'll be far more evidence against him if investigated properly.

"They might even a telephone investigation between Cyril and the president."

Malema says it's not fair that the Marikana report recommended that only National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbobo be investigated.

"They are small fish; we also want the big fish. The big fish in this instance is Cyril Ramaphosa."

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Malema thanked police in the area for assisting in opening the cases; and also promised community members that he would keep a close eye on developments.

Dozens of supporters had formed a line outside the Marikana Police station waiting for Malema to exit.

#Marikana EFF supports form a line for Malema to come out of the police station. GN

They were singing his praises for opening cases against officials who they believe are responsible for the deaths of 34 miners in 2012.

They sang songs about justice and have called for South Africa to save Marikana.

Malema has also indicated that his party wants Lonmin to pay R10 million to the families of the 34 victims who were gunned down on the 16 August 2012 as well as R5 million each to the injured miners.

#Malema supporters await exit from Marikana Police Station. He is laying charges against Ramaphosa and SAPS bosses

#Marikana EFF supporters singing and dancing. GN


The EFF yesterday said it would prove that Ramaphosa was hiding dangerous information on his involvement in the Marikana massacre.

The Farlam Commission's report, released last week, exonerated the executive and called for an inquiry into National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness for office.

Malema said Ramaphosa's phone records and emails needed to be analysed.

He said if police officers were allowed to dig deeper they'll find incriminating evidence against the deputy president.

"We are more than convinced that there's most dangerous information hidden in Ramaphosa's electronics."

But he said he realised that police were also involved.

"In the recordings, people are talking politics. Police are talking politics, they make political considerations."

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

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