'We will pursue private prosecution against Ramaphosa'

EFF leader Julius Malema says all Cyril Rampahosa’s phone records and emails must be scrutinised.

EFF leader Julius Malema and party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in Marikana. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

MARIKANA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has vowed to pursue private prosecution if the state decides not to charge Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa over the Marikana tragedy.

Malema today opened criminal cases against Ramaphosa, Former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and South African Police Service bosses in Marikana.

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

Malema says when Ramaphosa called for concomitant action to break the 2012 strike in Marikana, he believed the situation was criminal.

"He called them [miners] criminals, and once you say people are criminals you are calling for a kill."

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Malema says all Ramaphosa's phone records and emails must be scrutinised.

"If they don't prosecute him; we are going to pursue it until there is a change of political leadership in the country."

Malema adds the families of the 34 miners must be paid out R10 million each and surviving injured miners R5 million each so that government, Lonmin and the police can learn their lesson.

He also says that Lonmin is able to pay this money, and the workers must not be demoralised by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's Findings.

The red berets leader also accused Lonmin of stealing billions of rands which he says could have been used to build proper houses for the Marikana miners and must now held accountable.

He says the Platinum Producer can afford this.

"They stole over R1 billion which they took out of our country. Five thousand-five hundred workers can receive accommodation paid for, in a proper condition, by the mining company at R665 million."

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Meanwhile, Malema said yesterday his party would do everything possible to expose what he calls the " murderous regime of the [African National Congress] ANC" which killed 34 Marikana miners in 2012

The Farlam Inquiry's report, released last week, exonerated the executive after investigating the violence on the platinum belt.

Malema said if the National Director of Public Prosecution doesn't consider the party's request to open a case against politicians and police bosses, they will make sure they succeed through private prosecution.

"If you've never seen a successful private prosecution, you're going to see it with the EFF."

He said as much as they don't trust the police or the National Prosecuting Authority, because of President Jacob Zuma's political influence; they have no other option right now.

"It's very unfortunate that we now have to opt for luck because state institutions are unreliable."

Malema said although he believes Zuma undermines the judicial system, the EFF won't allow politicians to get away with the murder of miners.

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