Malema once again accuses ANC of killing Marikana miners

EFF leader Julius Malema says the EFF will continue to fight for the rights of mineworkers.

The crowd cheered as Julius Malema took to the stage and assured them that the EFF is the only party that will stick by them. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

MARIKANA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has told the community of Marikana that it was - what he calls - the murderous regime of the African National Congress (ANC) that killed striking miners three years ago.

Malema is in Marikana today with a number of other political leaders, including the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Mmusi Maimane.

Thirty-four miners were killed by police officers during a violent and unprotected strike in 2012.

Ten others were killed in the days leading up to the shooting.

The crowd cheered as Malema took to the stage and assured them that the EFF is the only party that will stick by them.

"The families of those who were killed by the murderous regime led by the ANC and its brainless president… We are here today to remember those fighters."

The EFF leader says Lonmin's CEO must pay workers the R12,500 they have been asking for.

He says the EFF was established there and will continue to fight for the rights of mineworkers.

Meanwhile, Maimane has accused government of protecting the ministers implicated in the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report on Marikana.

He also says National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega should be fired and yet there's still no action that's been taken against her.

The DA leader says others should also be sacked for their role in the shooting in 2012.

"Why is minister Nathi Mthethwa still protected? Mthethwa must also be fired in this place."