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‘Dirty dozen’ of Marikana to be sued for R1bn

Dali Mpofu says he'll be pursuing criminal charges as well as a R1 billion lawsuit against the 'dirty dozen'.

FILE. Lawyer for the injured and arrested miners of Marikana Dali Mpofu took. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

MARIKANA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chairperson Dali Mpofu has said he'll be pursuing criminal charges against Marikana's so-called 'dirty dozen' as well as a R1 billion lawsuit.

Mpofu on Sunday addressed the third commemoration of the killing of 44 people during an unprotected wage strike at Lonmin Platinum in 2012.

Sunday marked exactly three years since 34 mineworkers were gunned down by police on a koppie near Lonmin Marikana mine.

The R1 billion civil claim has been filed against the state, including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Mpofu said they're also not happy with the commission of inquiry's findings.

"We are going to do a case before December which is a review of the Farlam commission. We do not accept the Farlam commission report. We want a review on this matter where we can question people as long as we want."

POLITICAL RALLY

For a brief moment, the commemoration was turned into a political rally on Sunday.

EFF leader Julius Malema said the ANC government was behind the killings in August 2012.

"The families of those who were killed by the murderous regime led by the ANC and its brainless president."

He said the commission of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the shooting didn't provide answers.

"Not because Zuma wanted to do a commission; he wanted to be seen doing something. Until today, no one has been charged."

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane was just as critical about government, saying Phiyega should have been fired and more must be done for the families of the victims.

"We will be going to Parliament to join the fight to say the compensation fund must be set up."

Meanwhile, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader Joseph Mathunjwa also called on more workers to join his union, saying it's the only way they'll be liberated.

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