‘ANC govt, Ramaphosa premeditated murder of Marikana mineworkers’

EFF leader Julius Malema has accused fellow members of the National Assembly of 'mass murder'.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has reiterated that the African National Congress (ANC) government and the deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa are responsible for the death of the Marikana miners and they should face justice.

A violent unprotected strike at the North West platinum mine in August 2012 saw a total of 34 miners were killed.

During a debate on the shootings in Parliament, he has called for justice for the miners who were killed by police in 2012.

He says the massacre must not be used as political football and that the EFF is genuinely concerned about conditions in mines.

Malema told the house action needs to be taken.

"Marikana was a murder that was facilitated in clear day light and under political supervision and influence of politicians, many of whom continue to enjoy privileges of this house."

He says the correct people need to be arrested.

"Bureaucrat and ground forces of this murderous regime must not be the only ones that take full blame on Marikana. There must not be another Eugene de Kock, who gets sacrificed for all the political sins of the apartheid regime and political principals are celebrated as peace makers."

Malema told Members of Parliament (MPs) a close reading of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report showed it to be a massacre.

"It was a premeditated mass murder or workers."

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane also slammed President Jacob Zuma for so far failing to hold anyone to account for the incident.

Sunday marks three years since police killed the 34 mine workers and ten people were killed in the week leading up to the shootings.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have been united in calling for top government and police management to be held accountable for the Marikana massacre.

Maimane says no one has been held responsible.

"The failure of the president to assign political responsibility for the massacre is indefensible. Not a single member of the executive or the South African Police Service (Saps) has been held to account for the loss of life."

Malema says government's top leadership must be prosecuted.

"They certainly were aware and approved of the mass killing of workers. What this means is that the ANC government with the influence of business politicians, in particular Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, premeditated the killing of mineworkers in Marikana."

The Inkatha Freedom Party's (IFP) Albert Mncwango says the police commissioner is not fit for duty.

"Civilians have no place in such office. The IFP has time and again called for the honourable president to remove the National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega from her post."

The National Freedom Party (NFP) Nhlanhla Khubisa says police leadership must be held accountable.

"Apparently top police management were found to have been complicit in giving instructions to senior police officers, their subordinates and directors of brigadiers about the actions the latter needed to take."