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EFF to escalate battle for Marikana justice

The EFF will visit Marikana today in a bid to seek justice for miners and their families.

The Economic Freedom Fighters, Godrich Gardee, Julius Malema, and Floyd Shivambu at the party’s press conference on the Marikana report on 2 July 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will today escalate its battle against government for its role of the 2012 Marikana shooting by asking police to investigate Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and police bosses.

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 each family of the 34 miners who were gunned down by police almost three years ago and an additional R5 million per injured worker.

EFF leader Julius Malema says his party will make sure President Jacob Zuma is unable to influence the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in his bid to have politicians involved in the Marikana tragedy prosecuted.

Malema says it is sad that these days there's no guarantee that the courts will 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.

At the same time, Ramaphosa, police top bosses and Lonmin mine won't be drawn on Malema's plans to lay criminal charges against them.

In a statement, Ramaphosa says the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report is clear in its findings that he was not the cause of the massacre.

But Malema believes there's a prima facie case against Ramaphosa.

"He is involved in criminal activity. Lonmin knows that it has a political protection that's prepared to kill in defence of capital."

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) supports the move to lay charges saying any group that acts in the best interest of the nation must be applauded.

Over the next few weeks, the EFF will also report Lonmin to the South African Revenue Service (Sars) for what it calls aggressive tax avoidance by stealing money from mineworkers.