The EFF laid criminal charges against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and five others

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) laid criminal charges against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and five others at the Marikana police station near Rustenburg on Friday July 3, 2015.

Deputy President Cyril RamaphosaThe criminal charges relate to the the Marikana killings where members of the South African Police Service opened fire on striking mineworkers killing 34 and wounding a reported 78.

Julius Malema traveled to the North West province and was present at Marikana police station where he was quoted saying, “We are not going to rest until one of them is jailed.”

“We have opened charges of attempted murder, murder and conspiracy to murder against Ramaphosa, [former police minister] Nathi Mthethwa, [former mineral resources minister] Susan Shabangu, [national police commissioner] Riah Phiyega, [former North West police commissioner] Zukiswa Mbombo and [mining company] Lonmin.”

Julius Malema reportedly said they wanted the families of the 34 mineworkers to be paid R10 million each and those injured to be paid a minimum of R5 million in compensation.

“This is to ensure the State learns a lesson and this incident is not repeated,” Julius Malema was quoted saying.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry, investigating the Marikana shooting, cleared Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and former mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu.

The commission recommended an investigation should be instituted against national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and former North West police commissioner Zukiswa Mombo.

The police must apply for Section 204 and have all records of Cyril‘s [Ramaphosa] phone calls and emails he received and sent. It might be uncovered he made a call to the president [Jacob Zuma],” Julius Malema said.

“It cannot be correct to find against Phiyega and Mbombo. They are small fish. The big fish are Ramaphosa, Mthethwa and Shabangu.”

Julius Malema also called on the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to investigate cases workers opened against the police, “they have been saying they were waiting for the commission to complete its work. The commission is over.”


Join the Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *