The Commander-in-Chief (CiC) of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has said President Cyril Ramaphosa’s greediness was to blame for the 16 August 2012 Marikana Massacre.
Malema was on Monday virtually addressing the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) Marikana Massacre commemoration.
The EFF CiC sent condolences to the families of those massacred on 16 August 2012 and added that the striking mineworkers at the time were killed by the government of the African National Congress (ANC) which was led by former president Jacob Zuma.
Malema further said that Ramaphosa’s “greediness” at the time had necessitated the Marikana Massacre because the then non-executive director at Lonmin mine, the site of the strike, and current state and ANC president, Ramaphosa, had called for “concomitant action” to be taken against the protesting mineworkers.
The then minister of mineral resources, Susan Shabangu, had characterised the protesting mineworkers as criminals, Malema added.
“To us, we never saw criminals, we saw hardworking workers who were demanding R12500 to go and feed their children. Till to date, justice has not been served,” Malema said.
The EFF leader recalled that following the massacre, he and others had assisted with ensuring that the protesting mineworkers who were arrested following the week long strike which culminated in the massacre were released from prison and that they had visited those who were injured during the massacre.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) shot and killed 34 mineworkers and 78 of them were left seriously injured on 16 August 2012. 250 miners were arrested.
Malema said despite contradictory evidence being given at The Marikana Commission of Inquiry investigating the massacre no arrests have been made and no one has been axed for the killing of the miners.
The commission was established in October 2012 and in March 2015 submitted a report to Zuma which absolved Ramaphosa and Shabangu, among other key political figures who were accused of having a hand in the events leading to the massacre.
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Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa also addressed the commemoration, saying at one stage of his address that the economic conditions that led the mineworkers to embark on a protest demanding a living wage remain unchanged to this day.