Malema, Marikana miners lay murder charges

2012-08-21 13:17

Malema speaks at Lonmin mine

2012-08-20 08:14

Ex-ANCYL leader Julius Malema has called for Zuma and his police minister to resign - or back the demands by striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine. Watch. WATCH

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.
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  julius malema  |  mahikeng  |  strikes  |  mining unrest  |  mining

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