Malema promises Marikana residents housing, water, electricity

Thousands gathered for the commemoration of the 2012 Marikana massacre cheered when he took to the stage.

Julius Malema addresses thousands gathered in Marikana, North West for a commemoration service of the 2012 massacre. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

MARIKANA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says Marikina is the home of the party and has vowed to provide housing, water and electricity to community members now that his party's in charge of the ward.

Political and religious leaders have descended on the North West platinum mine for a commemoration service.

In August 2012, 44 people were killed - 34 of them by police, in an operation that has been highly criticized and resulted in an inquiry into now suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Thousands of mineworkers cheered and screamed when Malema took to the stage.

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He thanked the Marikina community for voting for the EFF.

"We are going to make sure that our people in this ward get houses. We are eating this elephant called the African National Congress (ANC) piece by piece."

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has made reference to the fact that the ANC leadership is absent at the commemorations today.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union President Joseph Mathunjwa who represents most of the workers, is expected to address the crowd this afternoon with the final tribute to the miners who lost their lives.


At the same time, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says Cabinet has noted the Marikina anniversary.

The minister was speaking outside the Cabinet Lekgotla today, which is being held at the presidential guest house in Pretoria this week.

Radebe says government is in the process of implementing all the Farlam Commission's recommendations.

"Amongst those was to [address] that the issues around the national police commissioner, as you know there is a legal process that is unfolding; secondly, the issues around the public policing capacity and the minister of police has already set up a committee of experts."

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