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Malema calls for review of Ramaphosa's email records

Julius Malema says that there is likely more evidence linking Cyril Ramaphosa to the killings in Marikana.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema believes Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's email records could reveal the true extent of his role in the Marikana massacre.

The party laid a charge of conspiracy to commit murder against Ramaphosa, former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and former mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu on Friday.

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.

They believe the three played a part in the killing of 34 mine workers by police during the labour unrest at Lonmin Platinum in 2012.

This is despite all three members of the executive being cleared by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report released last week.

The inquiry exonerated the executive and called for an inquiry into National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness for office.

Malema told supporters in Marikana that there is likely more evidence linking Ramaphosa to the killings.

"It means there are more phone calls that Cyril made to police officers and politicians, there are emails we came across, imagine if there was a thorough investigation."

Malema added that 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.

WATCH: EFF formally lays charges over Marikana massacre.

'RAMAPHOSA HIDING DANGEROUS INFORMATION'

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

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.

DEATHS

Ten people died in the days leading up to the shooting at Lonmin's North West mine when rock drill operators protested for R12,500 salary.

On 16 August, another 34 people died when police opened fire on armed protesters on the koppie.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry was established by the president to investigate if the police were justified in using lethal force.

The inquiry sat for 293 days and heard testimonies from 50 witnesses about the violence that broke out at the North West platinum mine.

To read the full report, click here.

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