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Malema slams Zuma, Marikana commission

By Sapa | Jul 12, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 251 ]

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema slated President Jacob Zuma and the Farlam Commission of Inquiry outside the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

"The government is caring only about themselves. They don't care about you," Malema -- who is starting his own party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) -- told a large crowd.

Malema, EFF spokesman Floyd Shivambu and businessman Kenny Kunene had attended an urgent application brought by lawyer Dali Mpofu for the State to fund the legal representation for the victims of the Marikana shootings.

Police shot dead 34 striking Lonmin miners and wounded 78 in Marikana, North West, on August 16 while trying to disperse them. The inquiry is into the events surrounding the shooting, and the deaths of 10 people in strike-related violence the previous week.

A large group of miners and their families had gathered in front of the court since Thursday morning, and they sang and danced in Church Square. Some held up placards reading: "Don't let the police get away with murder".

While addressing them, Malema said Zuma's "murderous regime" killed the miners.

"They pay only the lawyers of murderers. Those who have killed people are getting money."

Malema called national police commissioner Riah Phiyega "a useless person", and said that was why she had been unable to answer any questions during the inquiry.

Referring to Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa he said: "They must know they will go down in history as murderers".

He said the Farlam Commission was a serious matter, as people who were found to have been in the wrong could go to jail. He told the cheering crowd they were constitutionally entitled to legal representation.

"They are not doing you a favour."

He said the government had already decided the people were wrong and believed they were criminals.

"That commission, I personally don't trust it," Malema said, adding he believed it had a predetermined outcome.

"We will be together forever. We have always been with you," he said, urging them to fight for a monthly wage of R12,500. We must do everything in our power to force them to give you that R12,500."

The demand for a R12,500 monthly wage was what motivated the miners' strike in August.

During the court proceedings, Mpofu told Judge Joseph Raulinga it was unlikely the commission would finish its work by the extended deadline of October 31.

Mpofu represents the miners wounded and arrested during the shooting on August 16, at the commission's hearings.

He said the legal team had not received any funding for June to October, and suggested interim relief, so as not to interfere with the commission, which is due to resume on Monday.

The case continues.

 

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changer2much
I am a rural person, so these facilities are foreign to me.
With regards education funding, this is one area where I am fully in agreement that it should be totally free for those that wish to learn. (One failure and you're out).
As to non functioning hospitals, long waiting lines etc. these are a result of communist thinking(cosatu). As you say, capitalist thinking pays better (so nurses will go to those institutions).
The right way to go? First there has never been a free lunch. And second, you must be free to chose what you want to do. If it was up to me, I would get rid of politicians all together because they are non productive leaches. Who does need voting for, are the people who institute services. The person in charge of Public Works, or Health, Education etc. If they are not capable of service, they are out.
No more free loaders like Malema, Zuma etc.

Jul 12, 2013 10:9 | 0 replies

I think SA need person like Juju, u need to be barbaric to be heard. Practical example World great icon Madiba was once labelled a terrorist and barbarian fighting for racial oppression. And today's youth is fighting economical freedom. I support his motive. The economy controlled by people therefore if change need to be done let it be will suffer but will overcome it. The entire free state farms are owned by certain families how come.Mellow Y i see fear in your eyes. Don't be we just need equality that's all. N blieve me I'm successful but I think about my brothers and sisters out there. I am not a gentleman I am an African

Jul 12, 2013 9:47 | 0 replies

when i say this Guy is God of politics Mampara bloggers keep on saying nywe nywe nywe, how man times did you see this guy on sowetan since he was expelled by ANC,Leaders are born but not created

Jul 12, 2013 9:46 | 0 replies

@mfene
so you saying the poor must get poor and the rich must get richer and must kiss the a*s of those who have money through the natural resources to be able to eat and get proper sanitation have you ever been turned away from university because you cant pay registration? have you ever slepted in a shack? have ever slept next to you poo because you dont have a toilet? have you ever been in long quess in hospital trying to get a stich from a knive wound? if you ever been turned away from a public clinic because the are not enough nurses? because all went to work for the private hospitals for better pay? when you have done this give a solution on how we can solve this rather than get money from the nationalizing and fixing our problems with the profts we can get from them and make sure we build a stable and equal country rather than have 10 billionares and millions of people poverty stricken people in our country or have a country where each individual has a life of dignity

Jul 12, 2013 9:43 | 0 replies

ONEE
"The government is caring only about themselves. They don't care about you," Malema -- who is starting his own party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) -- told a large crowd
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hehehehehehe Juju but you were the same also when you were with them , multimillion rand houses while earning a lousy R25k , what do you call that, where did you pocket those monies?
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Hi Champ Mrs GoatMouth, lol just joking. I remember when Juju was a YL president he resigned from 2 to 5 companies as a director, Malema was not a YL leader only but he was also a business man and I think tha't where he got other money.

Jul 12, 2013 9:42 | 0 replies

It is warm outside ANC. ZANC can sit down.

Jul 12, 2013 9:42 | 0 replies

Jalopy
I don't see any changes this EFF can bring.

Total collapse

Jul 12, 2013 9:42 | 0 replies

@ Jalopy
these politicians think their are smart just because they have that opportunity lead parties they all make noise like there is something different they can do

Jul 12, 2013 9:41 | 0 replies

Rolllingstone!
Bring it on JuJu
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like a rolling stone hahahahahahahah

Jul 12, 2013 9:40 | 0 replies

The government is caring only about themselves. They don't care about you," Malema -- who is starting his own party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) -- told a large crowd
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As if you domk0p cares about the masses.

Jul 12, 2013 9:39 | 0 replies

@ Popeye

hi bhuti... Juju has matric, and is currently studying @ UNISA... and education, has little to do with someone's behaviour,manners or leader's capabilities, look at Floyd Shivhambu, he's got a Law Degree or sort, and Look @ Deputy President Motlanthe, he's got a Stardard 8, with no other qualifications, and he's a dignified man, who would take the S.A Presidency with pride....

Jul 12, 2013 9:39 | 0 replies