Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the National Prosecuting Authority needs to provide an update on the criminal prosecutions related to the Marikana tragedy.
Malema was speaking during the ninth commemorative event in paying tribute to the 44 mineworkers killed at Marikana in North West on August 16, 2012.
The EFF says if no progress has been made, it vows to institute private prosecutions against those responsible for the killing of the striking miners.
Monday marks exactly nine years since the killing of 34 mineworkers by police at the Lonmin platinum mine.
“We call on the NPA to prosecute Ramaphosa, and if they are not going to prosecute Ramaphosa, they must issue a non-prosecution letter. As the EFF, we want to prosecute Ramaphosa through private prosecution. It’s nine years since we have opened the case. I opened the case myself at Marikana police station. No policeman has ever contacted me. No prosecutor has ever contacted me, which is very clear that they are covering up for each other,” said Malema.
Malema says the NPA must issue a certificate of non-prosecution, and the EFF will explore the possibility of private prosecutions. He also said NPA must prosecute Cyril Ramaphosa.
“We want to call upon the legal representatives to intensify that case to ensure that our people, survivors and the families of those who are dead are paid both by the state and Cyril Ramaphosa as an individual and if they are not going to prosecute Ramaphosa, they must issue a none-prosecuting letter. As the EFF, we want to prosecute Ramaphosa through private prosecution,” he added.
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