Julius Malema abused privilege of Parliament – Zizi Kodwa

2014-06-19 12:26

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The ANC has issued a statement to defend itself against claims in Parliament that its government was responsible for the massacre of miners in Marikana in 2012.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema made these claims repeatedly during the state of the nation debate yesterday afternoon, saying: “For five months now, workers in the platinum belt have been on strike, which demonstrates their genuine determination. They are looking for R12 500 when the ANC government massacred 34 of them two years ago for it.

“In honour of those who died in Marikana, let this house legislate for R12 500 but also as [a] sign of showing that we regret the Marikana massacre.”

After objections by ANC MPs, Malema repeated it, saying: “The ANC government massacred the people in Marikana. The police represented the ANC in government.”

National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise, who chaired the sitting, said she would rule on the objections today.

In a statement issued by spokesperson Zizi Kodwa this morning the ANC said Malema’s claims were “disingenuous”.

Kodwa said: “We believe that he has abused the privilege of Parliament by making a reckless and irresponsible statement on a matter that is under consideration by the Farlam commission.” This is in reference to the continuing inquiry by Judge Ian Farlam on the matter, the processes of which the ANC said Malema was undermining.

The ANC said Malema misled the public “that the ANC and its government took a decision to massacre 44 people in Marikana including mine workers, police and security guards”.

“The ANC as the leader of society believes in the sanctity of life and that everything should be done to avoid death. We believe that opportunistic accusations like we have observed, fail to account that circumstances like Marikana, unless properly investigated and stern decisions taken based on outcome, can undermine responsibility and accountability of all parties that were involved and are responsible,” said Kodwa.

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