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Malema, Marikana miners lay murder charges

2012-08-21 13:17

Rustenburg - Marikana residents and striking miners converged at the Wonderkop squatter camp on Tuesday, awaiting the arrival of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Mail and Guardian reported that he addressed the crowd before laying murder charges against the police who shot dead 34 of their colleagues last Thursday.

"I want an independent investigation into this. People have died and we need answers, because I don't trust President Zuma and his inquiry,'" M&G quoted Malema as saying outside the station.

Mining company Lonmin said earlier that over 33% of its staff turned up for work, 19.5% of whom were rock drillers.

Police kept a distance from the locals. A few policemen went up the hilltop and watched locals at the meeting nearby.

Armoured vehicles were patrolling the area.

On Tuesday morning, security blocked access to the premises, and cars transporting personnel were seen entering the mine every few minutes.

Employees were the only people allowed access after last week's protest action by mineworkers that saw 10 people, including two security guards and two police officers, killed.

The protest action culminated in clashes with the police on Thursday, in which 34 miners were shot dead. More than 70 were injured and 260 were arrested.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine.

Workers also wanted higher pay.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-21 13:23

    Julias doesn't know how to open a book. How is he going to "help" the miners open a case of murder? A sure case of a minor leading a miner.

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-21 13:28

      Good one Kala...Great chuckle !

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-21 13:31

      Malema's ass, he should be studying for his upcoming exams, as it was alledged that he was studying a few months ago...or was that also just a publicity stunt from the Zuma's cadre...

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-21 13:41

      blignault - It was a prostate exam.

      clem.human - 2012-08-21 13:46

      you are as smart as he is dumb

      tannie.marie - 2012-08-21 13:47

      It didn't take Juju long to crawl out of the woodwork here - pun intended.

      Giyangethambo - 2012-08-21 13:50

      malema is a student at UNISA, what do you mean he does not know how to open the book

      tannie.marie - 2012-08-21 13:51

      Giya he knows how to open the cheque book ;)

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-21 14:38

      Juliaaaas used this episode to launch his newest product: Malema's Magic Muti.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-21 14:47

      With "Malema's Magic Muti" you will have: NO CHARM NO JOB NO LIFE and NO PARTY

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-21 14:49

      @tannie.marie - He also knows how to open a case of Johnny Walker Blue Label.

  • felix.feline.3 - 2012-08-21 13:24

    Hmmmm, what happened last time you marched at police? Why not send Juju by himself with some R1000 muti, I'm sure he can afford it!

      anthonycharles.williams - 2012-08-21 14:03

      dont insult barney

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-08-21 14:50

      LOL, Julius will march at the fashion police!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-21 13:25

    Juju is the last person that they need in the area now. This guy needs to be restrained.

      Spiral - 2012-08-21 13:39

      restrained / Euthanized - whatever.

  • bullardx - 2012-08-21 13:31

    eish mr. juju.... na dude.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-21 13:33

    If just one of this volatile mob does something like letting off a spark then Julius unknowingly could become a modern day Pied Piper !

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-21 15:00

      Yeah - Juliaas should be charged with incitement to commit murder, since he said they should fight to the death.

  • Spiral - 2012-08-21 13:38

    aaaand enter the political troll.

  • Duncan Colter - 2012-08-21 13:38

    It takes a particular kind of evil to see death and pain as an opportunity.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-21 13:53

      There is no limit what these Pigs will do in order to get their snouts deeper into the trough.

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-21 13:54

      Truer words have not been spoken

  • marry.maubane - 2012-08-21 13:38

    Really Julius?Really really? Unfortunately my uncle was one of the policemen that was killed by those bloody morons on Monday, why didnt you go lay a charge against the miners when they killed innocent people? You are just seeking attention and exploiting this situation for your own selfish behaviour, this is only for your own benefit.

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-21 13:42

      Dear Marry, My condolences on your loss. May you and the family overcome your tragic loss..

      colin.langley - 2012-08-21 13:57

      Very sorry to hear this Mary. I find it shameful that this was not headline news. May he rest in peace.

      marry.maubane - 2012-08-21 14:08

      Thank you. I also find it very shameful that the government or this idiot Julius only said something after the miners were killed. How is the policemen's blood different to those of the miners? They are also human. We are not at all taking this well in our family.It still feels like one horrible nightmare.

      danita.renecle - 2012-08-21 14:15

      May your uncle rest in peace . May you and your family overcome your tragic loss

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-21 14:43

      Marry, Juju [Oros man] will get more "bonus" points supporting the miners than the police. So he is playing the emotional roller coater game on the families and miners. Yes, we all appaul what transpired at the mine, but this is political. And the lowest form of competition occcurs amoungst politicains. You see this in the American elections and we are seeing this just prior to Maugtaung [sorry can't spell it]. And you are correct, all blood, irrespective of who's, is all the same, and in the eyes of the law, hopefully this will be seen as such. Our thoughts are with you.

      joni.green.14 - 2012-08-21 14:58

      My condolences to you and your family.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-21 15:02

      Sorry to hear Marry, condolences to you and your family :-( I'm sure your Uncle was a brave guy.

      elize.burger.39 - 2012-08-22 12:27

      Condolences to you and your family in this sad time.

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-08-22 12:31

      - Condolences, Marry. May your family find peace and we as South Africans are sorry for your loss.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-21 13:39

    Exploit the situation Juju..... drag it to Mangaung.

  • gary.scande - 2012-08-21 13:39

    arrest him for treason

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-08-21 13:44

    What a filthy little politician..

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-21 13:51

      Filth YES, politician NO.

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-08-21 13:45

    This fat boy is so all over, he is given more attention than our president who thinks women are incomplete without men and children, mxm,they are busy motivating this people to act violently but when they do they are not in front to take the first bullet, i didn't see a white people on the strike so i will be blant, though my black sisters and brothers are going to attack me, black people like avoiding to use their brains, i'm afraid to use the one word "S". How do you just throw your body in fire like that knowing you have a family to look after? you only keeping this boy in the limelight, this kind of actions don't make one a hero but it makes one just that, "S". Wake up and start using atleast part of your brains, enough lives have been lost already, please dont add to the statistics.

  • Rodriguez - 2012-08-21 13:46

    video of the mine workers shooting at police first http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=t6guOlOFY7Q

  • nic.cumming.3 - 2012-08-21 13:49

    My question is, will Malema, the saint and savior, also lay charges against the thugs that hacked police to death, burnt security guards in their cars and executed a non striking worker on that hill top? Nothing more than an attention seeking hypocrite.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-21 13:59

      Of course not, that's crazy talk Nic, and most 'unrevolutionary'. Doing the right thing does not form part of the revolutionary code.

      marry.maubane - 2012-08-21 14:11

      My question exactly.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-21 13:50

    It just can't be that it is business as usual at Lonmin mine just because Ramaphosa has interests there. Like any other mine when a single person dies. All operation are brought to a standstill until a full enquiry is complete! In fact the department of labour (who is know where to be seen) are normally the first one to arrive on the scene. Black life is cheap in this country and our leaders have opted for a Judas theory of selling our souls for thirty pieces of platinum!! We will forever call on our true leaders to stand up and call for the wholesale nationalisation of the whole platinum bend!

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-21 13:57

      Dear dof Phumi, Enquires and the temporary closure of the mine is and always will be related to fatality at work not when you are illegally striking. You related to the Oros man [JuJu the slug]

      Rodriguez - 2012-08-21 14:01

      watch the video of the mine workers shooting at police first http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=t6guOlOFY7Q

      tracy.g.basson - 2012-08-21 14:08

      You're wrong. In this country ALL life is cheap. Just look at the murder rate and what its for. You will get killed for just looking at someone, or for the R2 out your purse. Africans do not have a high value of life. I know this personally!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-08-21 14:11

      Being killed outside a mine / place of work has nothing to do with the labour department. This was an unprotected and illegal protest / strike.

      Michael - 2012-08-21 15:48

      Phumi, black life is cheap you are right. And the people that are profiting off of black poverty and black lives lost, is the black fatcats with their hands in the cookie jar. I've never understood how Africans can treat their fellows with such contempt.

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-22 10:11

      I am sorry to say this, but it is mostly black people who made black life cheap. Perhaps in the old days you could have blamed apartheid, but after 18 years, your black leaders have made NO EFFORT to make black lives worth anything. They sold you out, yes. And it is sad that they can STILL make people believe that it is apartheids fault, taking the blame off them, and averting the attention while they steal more from you.

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-08-22 12:46

      - So black life is cheap? What are babies and old people worth then? Do you even read other news stories or just the ones you can twist?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-21 13:54

    Well let's see what he can do besides yada yada and push the tired old revolutionary bit again. There's a whole lot more to running a country than singing songs, toi toing and doing the revolutionary talk, again. Let's see what constructive result Malema brings us. But I do not recommend holding your breath on this one.

  • zak.cebi - 2012-08-21 13:55

    I heard malema was studing last year @free state varsity, how did your results go boy?, did you pass?, if you did then go look for a job

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-22 10:12

      Why work when you can steal?

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-21 13:56

    Charges of treason and enticement to commit genocide must be laid against the turd brain and his kiddie band of uneducated followers, it works both ways dimwits

  • saffaseun.inoz - 2012-08-21 13:57

    Can someone put a goddamn bullet into that trash Malemas big black head please!!! Put the WHOLE South Africa out of its misery!!

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-08-22 10:01

      One bullet, one Malema. One bullet, one Malema. One bullet, one Malema. Unfortunately, when one idiot is eradicated, another idiot emerges from the masses and continues the madness.

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-08-21 13:59

    Yea we also need answers as to why the miners attacked the police. Malema, you should leave politics to the people who actually know something about it. The only reason this is a problem to you is because you want to proof something for your daddy. Zuma. Give an answer as to why the strikers attacked the police as seen on national tv and you can then lay charges against the police. O yea. Malema, you really need to get better glasses or clean your existing ones as you clearly can't see the television screen with the attack footage in front of you.

  • neil.swart - 2012-08-21 14:03

    Malema needs to look after his troops, otherwise they might just turn on him!! These poor people are being used to fight the battles of Malema and his chronies!

  • JacoKloppers - 2012-08-21 14:04

    I don't even know why people still give Malema attention, every person with half a brain would just ignore him and then he would wither away

  • bryan.torien - 2012-08-21 14:06

    Seriously?

  • celeste.vdw - 2012-08-21 14:06

    Laying a charge of murder against the police at the police, yes malema your intelligence astonishes me. These mine workers are just looking for a book and movie deal, see they studied the chilean miners story and think since 34 died they can get some kind of sympathy money out of this.

      kate.leshabane - 2012-08-22 12:41

      And televesion shown one man licking the arrow with his tongue;showing that he is not afraid of killing anyone,i think POPCRU must also go and defend its members as the are those who can be defended,my father was a police man and also my brother is a police man this people are taking care of the nation protecting us,shoud someone came into your house with a weapon wanted to kill you if you are having you weapon close i think you should kill him,those policeman were just protecting themselves to those miners.We are crying for the loss of those miners we are having our people who are working there. This strike must come to an end; i think Juju must come home in Seshego to come and talk with the youth of Seshego as they are busy killing their parents and stilling our things in our home,we are no more save in our own home.

  • marius.cilliers1 - 2012-08-21 14:09

    Malema is so funny, perhaps he should look at the video evidence first. http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/South-Africa/New-evidence-shows-Marikana-miners-shot-first-20120821

  • marius.cilliers1 - 2012-08-21 14:10

    http://www.news24.com/Multimedia/South-Africa/New-evidence-shows-Marikana-miners-shot-first-20120821

  • erica.pola - 2012-08-21 14:11

    What trash! Can someone open a murder docket against the Unions and Miner Workers to investigate the MURDER of two security guards and TWP Policemen. Malema is a FAT political opportunist and should have charges laid against him as well.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-08-21 14:14

    Is Malema the miners lawyer. He was banished, what gives him the right to be laying charges!!!!

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-21 14:14

    An edited video of Al-Jezeree can't be used as evidence. That is why their coverage is mostly banned from progressive countries in the West. Why should we entertain their propaganda? Our only witness were there workers who were involved and who saw everthing live. Not some video edited in Doha!

  • richy.rex.77 - 2012-08-21 14:22

    HE IS TRYING TO LOBBY FOR A SUPPORT FOR WHICH PARTY. SHAME HE IS TRYING ANOTHER LIME LIGHT

  • marius.cilliers1 - 2012-08-21 14:24

    The cops are more than welcome to shoot and kill my ass if I run at them with a weapon. These miners did a flanking manoeuvre on the Police and that is a military tactic. The came around the barbed wire fences. What for? maybe to have a cup of tea?

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-21 14:24

    Tsk, tsk....Julius, oh Julius.....why do you poke your nose in everywhere! You are a twit!

  • sivene.nunwana - 2012-08-21 14:24

    JUJU NOT TRUSTING MSHOLOZI....FUNNY

  • David Boikhutso - 2012-08-21 14:38

    malema has a right as a citizen to offer support and leadership to people rejected like he was

      duncan.roderick - 2012-08-21 14:53

      How are they exactly rejected, were they not being paid agreed salary?

  • jacques.conradie.56 - 2012-08-21 14:40

    I wonder if JuJu would do the same if 34 farmers got murdered in 2 minutes?

  • amanda.ntshwanti - 2012-08-21 14:51

    OMG Julius never cease to amaze me hope he is not giving those poor people false hope, what does he know about law he should leave this matter to people who are qualified to deal with , the miners killed people it sickens me the fact that nobody from these so-called politicians is mentioning that it makes it looks like they(miners) had the right to kill, it's all about votes for them,God help us!

  • djmarcosa - 2012-08-21 15:05

    can't this Malema A$$ just stay away from things were he is not wanted.. he must go back to his hole and stay there.. damn he like a irritating thing...

  • richard.m.morema - 2012-08-21 15:13

    Malema keep it up boy show the nation that you care about the miners since you raise challenges faces by miners, they thought you are stupid now is time to see the truth about what you have said. this ANC top ranking they always got shares everywhere in mines.

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-22 10:16

      And should he not care about the policemen too? After all they are citizens too? Are you really so blind that you cannot see how fatboy is manipulating this situation for his own gain. He is only on the miners side because there he will get the most votes, he does not give a sh*t about them, or their families. Once he has used them to get what he wants, he will toss them aside like used rags. The "kill for Zuma - I hate Zuma" mindshifts should prove that to you. Why not support the policemen who lost their lives in this too? Because that will make him unpopular. He is using you guys and you are too blind to see it.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-21 15:22

    Please Please somebody tell us who is running this country. Surely somebody with some brains must take charge. This really cant be allowed to go on, its really very bad for South Africa. Malema should have no clout and the same for the ANCYL, so why is the ANC allowing them the stage to shout out ultimatiums nogal. Who is this person and in what capacity does he have authority to just walk in and take over.

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-08-21 15:29

    We are much more interested in charges against Malema by SARS,The Hawks, etc, etc..

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-21 15:32

      Yes I want to see his fat little body try and wriggle out of that one, I'm surprised Zoomie doesn't push that process.

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-08-21 15:46

      There is nothing to prosecute. It is a primafacie case (excuse my spelling). Let's investigate apartheid.

  • jason.marriott.75 - 2012-08-21 15:30

    Always remember no tragedy is so tragic that a politician won't try using it for personal gain.

  • Michael - 2012-08-21 15:44

    It's a pity Julius wasn't in the front lines when the shootout happened. Murder charges indeed, what a wanker.

  • keagile.mphuphi - 2012-08-21 15:48

    @jackal666.daniel, this Julius guy is busy with his Law at Unisa

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-22 10:19

      Yes, to learn how he can bypass the law to steal more

  • djmarcosa - 2012-08-21 15:55

    this malema is such a idiot.. just finished watching his video complaining about the police doing their job.. why doesnt he loose all his body guards and walk the streets.? this guy he take my number spot as the biggest clown on this earth.. so now the police must just sit there and wait for people to chop them up.. wake up and get a life you stupid fool.. i think that unisa must rather send him back to grade 00 to learn common sense then anything else.. what a idiot..!!

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-08-21 15:59

    Lay charges all you want, those men moved towards the police in a very organised fashion, all carrying weapons of some kind. Footage shows the police were attacked first. As I have said previously, if those men were running from the teargas or whatever, if they wanted to surrender, they would have DROPPED their weapons. Fact is, there is video proof, there is a confession from a miner himself who said the miners were aggressive and went to attack the police... these charges won't stick. I just hope none of them ever have the audacity to call the police in times of trouble.

  • thobejane.thabo - 2012-08-21 16:21

    I vote for a leader then but i got attention seeker i waist my vote n i regret that moment

  • Badger - 2012-08-22 08:19

    What an Idiot, laying murder charges. What about those police and security guards that were murdered mUlema, have you spoken to their wives or family. ??? I really wish someone would take this tossor out.

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-22 09:38

    Julius Malemma is either distancing himself totally from the ANC by siding with the mineworkers,or else he is using the mineworkers strike to his own advantage.

  • pitso.dlungwana - 2012-08-22 10:30

    ds guy is tryng evtythng to be on the sport light...........he mst go n jump or hang himself we are tired of him........

  • piet.pompies.9028 - 2012-08-22 11:11

    34 Rioting mine workers die, And it makes world news! Almost 4000 farmers are tortured, and brutally murdered, And we are brainwashed to look away?! WTF