Marikana miners to lay charges against 'Cyril & Co'

The miners want to open a criminal case against those they believe should be held liable for the 2012 tragedy.

FILE: Lonmin miners gather ahead of one year anniversary at Lonmin's Marikana mine where 34 striking platinum workers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Gia Nocolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The injured and arrested miners from Marikana have consulted their lawyers to decide on a way forward about opening criminal cases against those they believe should be held liable for the August 2012 massacre.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report was released last month.

It exonerated the executive and recommended that the national and north west police commissioners be investigated.

On Friday, EFF leader Julius Malema opened criminal cases against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and police bosses.

Attorneys for the injured and arrested miners visited the Marikana this weekend to discuss various legal options in terms of them receiving justice for what happened almost three years ago.

There has been a general dissatisfaction about the commission's findings from the community, miners and families of the victims.

Malema opened criminal cases against ministers, police commissioners and Ramaphosa who he says must take the blame.

"We hold a strong view that Cyril and company should be held responsible."

Malema has vowed to keep a close eye on developments.

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