Court petition over mine funerals

2012-08-21 20:14

Rustenburg - Plans are underway to petition the courts to allow jailed North West miners to attend the funerals of their slain colleagues, expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on Tuesday.

"We are doing consultations to see if we can approach a higher court to have the workers released so that they can bury their colleagues," he said.

A group of lawyers had offered to provide free legal support to the workers.

"We welcome more assistance to help these workers," said Malema.

He was speaking after laying murder charges against the police at the Marikana police station over last week's shooting at Lonmin's platinum mine.

Malema said two cases were opened: one was against the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Lonmin security guards; the other was against the police.

"We believe in this process... police have promised to assign investigators for the cases. We will be making follow-ups."

The charges arise from a violent confrontation on a hilltop near the mine on Thursday when police opened fire on a group of protesters they were trying to disperse, killing 34 of them and injuring 78.

Another 260 were arrested and appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Monday. They were denied bail and the case was postponed until 27 August for further investigation.

Temba Booi, a worker who accompanied Malema, said he had trust in the Marikana police.

"NUM and the police killed our people. We trust that the cases will be thoroughly investigated."

A memorial service would be held on Thursday in Wonderkop, near the mine, said Malema.

Earlier in the day, he told reporters that the police, and not a commission, should probe the shooting.

"I do not trust [President Jacob] Zuma. The police must investigate this, not some politically motivated commission. This is the way it is supposed to be done," Malema said.

"The person who established this commission is not an honest man. He established it to arrive at certain conclusions."

Zuma set up a judicial commission last week to investigate the shooting.

Malema said some police officers were prepared to conduct the Marikana investigation, if given the opportunity.

"I spoke to some of the police. Some were there on the day and some were not. They said they were not happy with what happened and would investigate the matter if given a chance."

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-21 20:37

    I think this fool's mouth has finally run away from his brain. LOL with the glasses on top of the head like a Sandton kugel - is he trying to tell us something?

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-21 20:52

      it finally happened when he saw the day of light

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-08-21 20:53

      Bunch of retards - 2012-08-21 21:56

      Everything and Anything this guy says is posted on News24.. I feel like I'm following him on Twitter or like I'm reading his facebook status updates. No one cares, you opinion is superfluous to South African politics!

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-21 20:41

    Yap Yap Yap, Just shurrrup. So much for Telly Tubby paying for the defence

      kolobe.mzansi.9 - 2012-08-21 21:27

      malema my president, should soon sort out apartheid beneficiaries

  • rumbidzai.motsi.3 - 2012-08-21 20:43

    What a way to go bro? Never should we alllow this goverment of JZ to execute worker to protect their invetsments.Juju let the fight begin. This will never happen in Zimbabwe Mugabe protects the worker and demand the employer to deliver.

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-08-21 20:53

      Rumbidzai,you're delusional.

      deon.louw.37 - 2012-08-21 21:29

      That why zimbabwe is in its moer

      Nadia de Lange - 2012-08-21 21:32

      Yea, the Zimbabweans are so incredibly well off and happy in Zim, that's why they're flocking over our border. Idiot!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-21 20:44

    Juju organised the traditional healer to assist the miners.

  • Phiwe Mazula'yithole Ximba - 2012-08-21 20:57

    Juju we also don't trust you,The violent people they must go to jail,how can they say they want money but they paid a sangoma R1000 for muti to fight the police

      dmkize - 2012-08-21 21:56

      Brain washed Mampara.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-08-21 21:09

    If juju boy was in government one wonders as to whether he will sing the same song?

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-21 21:10

    yeah do that, just so the cop killers can make a run for it, freak you ppl are stupid

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-21 21:13

    hey fatpig have u taken the cop killers kfc yet just like you took the baby killers kfc, asswipe

  • Dlangalala Teddy Jabulane - 2012-08-21 21:13

    Joshua and ilk, so where must he lay a charge against the police? In your toilet?

      stanton.clarke - 2012-08-21 21:27

      The attention seeking malema should have gone to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate you fool.......

  • smalefane - 2012-08-21 21:15

    And what about AMCU Mr Malema? This is cheap "politiking". It really is cold outside the ANC. You can't fool any of us. This is not about the miners, you are just seeing an opportunity to vent out your anger against Zuma and Cosatu. PLEASE just shut up and go hide in a hole somewhere.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-08-21 21:21

  • deon.louw.37 - 2012-08-21 21:33

    Ja in Suid Afrika is die misdadiger koning.niks word aan hulle gedoen nie.Maar ons ander byt aan die kort end.Al breek iemand by jou huis in en probeer jou en jou gesin dood maak,mag jy hom nie eers skiet nie anders word jy vir moord aan gekla

  • colin.rehbock - 2012-08-21 21:38

    The whole primary article has a s___tload of WE's in it. Can Juju explain who WE is. At the last count I cant recall he is the leader in charge of any WE's. Meybe he is in charge of himself.

  • Mike - 2012-08-21 21:47

    Zuma you better watch out for Juju the boy. He is going to be a real pain to you and will probably end up taking your seat and house and everything you have, except your wives! At the same time, a prisoner who is jailed, is not on a summer camp. They dare not permit anyone to go to any funerals as this would be a show of ridicule to our law. Oh, wait, what Law?

  • gavin.badenhorst.9 - 2012-08-21 21:48

    I think this march was illegal in the first place.If someone comes at you yielding weapons like a machete and they want to cause harm the police were trying to protect themselves.The group fired first at police they retaliated with rubber bullets and later when it became rough live ammo was used.Why must there always be violence when a group marches?

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  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-22 07:59

    Look... I personally don't like Julius Malema, and I'm sure all of you don't like him either... but you gotta give it to him this time, he's actually standing up for other people in need right now... anyways, just some open minded thinking.. haha!

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-22 08:23

      Don't be naive, Stephan

      stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-22 09:22

      Naive wouldn't be the word... look back into history, the only thing that people really would need to focus on is to be able to love... and not just your wife, kids etc... everyone, our nation as African... not just South Africans... Governments have restricted Humans from the beginning, we are limited to what we know... and the fact that Julius Malema is pissing us all off and getting to us means only one thing... hate me for saying it, but hes a good leader... he's people wouldn't believe in him if he wasn't... He's only problem is that he is still associating everything with racism... blaming the whites for everything we do... so imagine you could change his direction of thought to fighting for human freedom and not just for a race... Im not Naive Johan, im just realistic... if you can't forgive then you will never live in peace... and I know ALLOT of Christians that wont agree with me, but that again questions how they could believe in something, but don't live as an example...

  • macdonald.loabile - 2012-08-22 07:59

    Juju ur doing a great job cadre......we just need people like u, who will fight for the voiceless....

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-22 08:28

    I know that we're not supposed to hate, but this malema with his rubber mouth and snake eyes really makes it difficult...

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